Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Hot young pianists hammer giant pianos with a super orchestra behind them Sat, may 13, 7:30 pm, Civic Theater, Shreveport

Tatiana Michko Tessman, pianist
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
Tatiana Michko Tessman and Ji Yeon Shin are petite women with laser minds and arms of steel. They were the winners of the 2006 Nena Plant Wideman Piano Competition, one of Shreveport's success stories.

Having heard some of the competitors from 10 feet away and having experienced a mini-concert by a finalist, I can tell you that my exaggerations are very little inflated.

Tessman is a Russian who goes round the world winning piano competitions, based on Googling her, and Shin is a Korean performer based at Oberlin College, a school with a world-class group of performers.

To win the Wideman today is to establish yourself in the front rank of classical performers.

Sat's Wideman performance with the Shreveport Symphony begins at 7:30 pm at the Spt Civic Theater. There's a rehearsal Sat morn that you can attend.

It's the last SSO concert of the season. It has been a series marked by great crowds and substantial performances.

Get your tickets at 227-8863. And if you plan on living in this region for another year, don't neglect SSO tickets for next season.

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