Piano festival and competition returns to the Bicknell Center 

  Wednesday, May 29, 2019 2:00 PM
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Piano festival

An international piano competition and festival will return to the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts in June. 

Hosted by The Treble Clef Club of Pittsburg, it's the third annual event that showcases the talent of pianists ages 7 through 30 who will be competing for $4,000 in prize money.  

The competition will be held June 8, with contestants divided into three categories according to age. Participants ages 7 to 12 will compete in the junior division, ages 13 to 18 will be judged in the senior division, and competitors ages 19 to 30 will be judged in the young artists division.   

Judges will be composer Barbara York, former Miss America and piano professor Debra Miles Snodgrass, and Susan Laushman, award-winning educator and pianist. All three have a connection to PSU; York works in the PSU Music Department, and Snodgrass and Laushman are alumni.  

A free public concert of the top three winners from each division will be held at 3 p.m. in the Dotty and Bill Miller Theatre in the Bicknell Center.  

The festival will continue at the Bicknell Center on June 28 with the winner’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Last year’s Young Artist winner, Christian Atteberry of Joplin, Missouri, will be featured with his performance of Shostokovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.” 

He will be joined by the Festival Orchestra under the direction of Raul Munguia of the PSU Music Department. The top winner in each of this year’s competition categories will perform at the concert. The Young Artist winner will play his or her winning piano concerto and be accompanied by the Festival Orchestra. 

The festival will continue at the Bicknell Center on June 29 with a piano workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon presented by the internationally acclaimed Mark Hayes, an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. To enroll, contact Gene Vollen at gvollen@cox.net. 

Hayes’ personal catalog, totaling over 1,200 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. He received a degree in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has served as a guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, and arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including "Best Musical" in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra, and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013. 

He'll perform a concert, “Mark Hayes in Person,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Bicknell Center. It will include many of his original works along with some jazz favorites performed by a jazz trio of local musicians Matthew Clarke, Matt Reimer, and Joe Pauli. 

Tickets for the June 28 and June 29 concerts are each $15 for adults and $12 for students/senior citizens. A package ticket for both concerts may be purchased for $25 for adults and $20 for students/senior citizens. They may be purchased at the PSU Ticket Office, Room 137 in the Garfield Weede Building, 1701 S. Homer, Pittsburg, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling 620-235-4796, or at the door prior to the concerts.