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Inaugural WC International Piano Competition to take place Saturday

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Thirty-four pianists from across the United States will gather in Weatherford College’s Alkek Fine Arts Center this Saturday, April 27, for the inaugural WC International Piano Competition.

“We are honored to have such a highly talented group of contestants,” said WC President, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer. “We look forward to some exceptional performances.”

The day begins at 8:20 a.m. with the Junior Competition. Awards for this division will occur at 12:45 p.m. and the Collegiate Division will begin after lunch at 2 p.m. followed by awards at 5 p.m.

Contestants will perform for three internationally-known piano judges: Sir Harold Martina, professor at Texas Christian University; Dr. Thomas Lanners, professor at Oklahoma State University; and Dr. Amy Gustafson, director of the Gijón International Piano Festival. The public is also welcome to attend as much of the day’s events as they would like.

The top three pianists in two divisions will receive cash prizes at the conclusion of the competition and will be presented in concert by Dallas Steinway Hall in the fall.

Contestants from across the North Texas area applied to perform along with contestants from State College, Pennsylvania, and Evanston, Illinois. Several of the collegiate division participants are students at the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, TCU, Texas Women's University and Texas Weslyan University.

“We hope that you will join us on a great day of music as we continue a history of excellence in fine arts at Weatherford College,” said Duane Durrett, dean of fine arts. “In 2019, we are happy to celebrate the college’s 150th anniversary and this piano competition is part of that celebration.”