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Pianists gather in Westport for Heida Hermanns piano competition

Published 4:02 pm, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • Pianist Yue Chu was the first-prize winner of the previous Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition. The competition this year will be held on Nov. 23 and 24. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News
    Pianist Yue Chu was the first-prize winner of the previous Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition. The competition this year will be held on Nov. 23 and 24. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition which gives support to young musicians, aged 19 through 35, in the early stages of their professional careers, will be presented on Nov. 23 and 24 at Westport Town Hall.

Marking its 42nd year, the event is named for the late Heida Hermanns, an acclaimed concert pianist who lived in Westport for more than 40 years.

Sixteen semi-finalists will compete on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Admission to the semi-finals is free and open to the public. Competitors will perform throughout the day for 20 minutes each. Audience members are free to come and go.

At the end of the day, judges will select six pianists to move on to the Sunday finals, from 2 to 5 p.m. The contestants will vie for cash prizes. At the conclusion of the performances, the audience will be invited to a reception while the judges determine the winners. Tickets to Sunday's finals are $20 for adults; and free for ages 18 and younger.

Professional pianists judging the competition are: Howard Aibel the recent recipient of a Bravo Award at Carnegie Hall for "Lifetime Artistic Achievement in the Field of Performing Arts;" Ron Levy, associate artist with the All Seasons Chamber Players, and David Allen Wehr, who holds the Jack W. Geitz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duqesne University. The honorary chair of the competition is Yue Chu, who was the first-prize winner of the 2011 competition.

The event is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Alliance for Music and the Westport Arts Center. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1jnkoSo

For tickets, call the Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070 or purchase online at westportartscenter.org