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PianoArts 2014 Competition and Music Festiva


lover (luv'er) n...e) a person who greatly enjoys some (specified) thing.  In Southeastern Wisconsin, rock music lovers have Summerfest in Milwaukee.  Chocolate lovers have Chocolatefest in Burlington.  And for classical music lovers... there's the PianoArts 2014 Competition and Music Festival, set for Thursday, June 5, 2014 through Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, both in Milwaukee.  


PianoArts presents this challenging international piano competition that has an equal emphasis on musical performance and articulate presentation. It addresses the belief that the coming generations of musicians need to be able to both speak about and play their music convincingly in order to deepen the audience experience and, ultimately, build audiences for classical music. 


Competition Week will include six days at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, June 5-10, and the June 11 Finals and Awards Concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Uihlein Hall of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The  world-renowned panel of judges includes Lydia Artymiw, University of Minnesota; Yoheved Kaplinsky, The Juilliard School, and André-Michel Schub, Manhattan School of Music and the 1981 grand prize winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  


Events open to the public at the Conservatory include a recital by Sahun Hong, returning 2012 first place winner; solo competition recitals; collaborative competition recitals;  master classes and a recital given by Lydia Artymiw, with Susan Babini, MSO principal cellist; and Robert Hanford, concertmaster of the Chicago Lyric Opera (and former MSO violinist). Events at the Marcus Center include Piano Promenades, a recital by the semifinalists that did not advance to the finals, "Inside the Music," a pre-concert session with former MSO associate concertmaster Samantha George, and the Finals and Awards Concert. 

For more information about PianoArts, please contact (414) 255-0801 or visit www.PianoArts.org

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