Tuesday, November 27, 2007

World class event: the Wideman Piano Competition draws solo performers to Shreveport; concerts held at Centenary College Fri, Nov 30 to Sun, Dec 2

Young and highly-skilled pianists from Asia, Europe and the US gather in Shreveport annually for a prominent solo event, the Wideman Piano Competition. The performances, held at Centenary College, are free and open to the public, says Lester Senter Wilson.

The series of concerts begins Fri, Nov 30, at 10:30 am. Performances continue to 6:00 pm.
Concerts on Sat, Dec 1, are scheduled from 9:15 am to 7 pm.
Both days there is a lunch break from 12 - 2:30.
The finals, featuring 6 of the players ranked by the international group of judges, will be held Sunday afternoon, Dec 2; concert time will be announced soon.

Anderson Auditorium, Hurley Music Building, Centenary College campus.

Wideman info: 601-946-2063.

Pardon me for adding that if urbanity and erudition are what you miss as you hoe your row in Shreveport, this is one weekend when you don't have to flee. The lobby at Hurley is filled with polyglot chatter. There is a touching link between local host families and the young pianists. The performers are often vivid creatures. And their performances can be breathtaking.

More at The Times.

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