2017-05-26 / Arts & Entertainment

The 15th annual Southeastern Piano Festival begins June 18

Contributed by UofSC School of Music

World- renowned artists will highlight a week of piano performances June 18–24 at the Southeastern Piano Festival at the University of South Carolina’s School of Music.

Fifteen pianists, one for each year of the festival, will use five pianos during the opening Piano Gala Extravaganza at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18 at the Koger Center for the Arts.

The concert includes music from Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk” on one of five Steinway pianos.

For the first time, the festival will feature a choral group, Miamibased Firebird Singers, performing Carl Orff ’s “Carmina Burana” for choir, two pianos and percussion with Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers.

Festival guest artists include Anderson and Roe, Billboard-chart topping duo who have been featured on MTV, NPR, and by millions of viewers on YouTube; Vadim Kholodenko, gold medalist of the XIV Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; Frederic Chiu, who is described by the New York Times as a "maverick pianist" and has released more than 25 recordings; and Boris Slutsky, chair of the piano department at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. The artists will hold master classes each day that are free and open to the public.

Concerts featuring guest artists will take place each evening.

“We are honored to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the festival with such an array of talent,” says Marina Lomazov, festival artistic director. “This special year of the Southeastern Piano Festival is sure to be a week of unforgettable performances.”

During the week, 20 pianists ages 13-18 from around the United States and Canada will be on campus attending the master classes each day with the guest artists.

At the end of the week, they will compete for $9,000 in cash prizes and a performance as soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra during the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, which will be held from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, June 23 in the School of Music Recital Hall. The competition is free and open to the public.

“The pool of applicants this year exceeded all our expectations, both in scope and depth of talent,” says Joseph Rackers, festival program director. “The Southeastern Piano Festival is a destination for the most talented young pianists in the United States and we are honored to be a part of their musical development.”

The festival ends with a concert featuring the prizewinners of the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24 in the School of Music Recital Hall.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students and free for children under 18.

The 2017 Southeastern Piano Festival schedule

• Sunday, June 18, 4 p.m.—Piano Extravaganza, Koger Center for the Arts. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $5 for students and free for children under 18.

• Monday, June 19, 4 p.m.—Master class and open discussion with Frederic Chiu—School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free.

• 7:30 p.m.—Alumni Celebration Concert, School of Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students and free for children under 18.

• Tuesday, June 20, 4 p.m.—Master class featuring USC piano students with Boris Slutsky, School of Music Recital Hall.

• 7:30 p.m.—Artist Showcase with Frederic Chiu, Trinity Cathedral. Tickets are $ 20 for the general public, $5 for students and free for children under 18.

• Wednesday, June 21, 1: 30 p. m.— Make Music Day- SEPF on the Road, Trinity Cathedral and the Village at Sandhills.

• 7:30 p.m.—Artist Showcase with Vadim Kholodenko, School of Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $ 20 for the general public, $ 5 for students and free for children under 18.

• Thursday, June 22, 10 a.m.—Marian Stanley Tucker Lecture series, School of Music Recital Hall. Boris Slutsky featuring piano students studying with members of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association.

• 4 p. m.— Marian Stanley Tucker Lecture series with Boris Slutsky and Vadim Kholodenko, School of Music Recital Hall.

• 7:30 p.m.—Artist Showcase featuring Anderson and Roe, W. W. “Hootie” Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business. Tickets are $ 20 for the general public, $5 for students and free for students under 18.

• Friday, June 23, 10 a. m.- 9 p. m.— Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, School of Music Recital Hall.

• Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.—Winners Concert, School of Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students and free for students under 18.

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