Briefs: OA Piano Festival March 27, 2009

20 young pianists from 3 states to be featured at Mesa State College festival

The annual Festival for Creative Pianists should inspire versatility, embellishment and improvisation from participants.

Competing are 20 pianists from Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. All are ages 19 and younger.
Festival founder and director Arthur Houle, an associate music professor at Mesa State College, said this competition is unique in that pianists are encouraged to show their individuality in interpretation of classical, jazz, pop, gospel or rag-style songs.

The public is invited to attend two concerts associated with the festival:

•  Festival judges John Salmon, Stuart Isacoff, Monte Atkinson and Houle perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Recital Hall in the college’s Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.

•  The main event is the competitors’ Winners Recital and Awards Ceremony concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, also in the Recital Hall. Fourteen $100 awards will be handed out including some for original compositions.

Tickets to both concerts cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

For more information, check out or call Houle at 248-1069.


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