60th anniversary event to honor piano competition founder

Saturday, July 30, 7:30 p.m., Corbett Auditorium, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

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Awadagin Pratt

The Cincinnati World Piano Competition will return to CCM Village for a special 60th anniversary concert.

This one-night-only performance will honor CWPC founder and former executive director Gloria Ackerman, who retired in 2013. The concert will feature CWPC artistic director Awadagin Pratt, in addition to pianists Angela Cheng and Daria Rabotkina. The three will perform repertoire for piano and orchestra with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by associate conductor Keitaro Harada.

“This recognition for Gloria’s remarkable contributions is overdue, and it’s particularly fitting that we honor her with a concert featuring two past WPC medalists, along with Awadagin (Pratt), who is of course a world-renowned pianist in his own right,” said board chair Jack Rouse.

The program will open with Ravel’s Piano Concerto, performed by 1983 CWPC gold medalist Cheng, who went on to win the gold medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. In addition to guest appearances with the major orchestras in her home country of Canada, Cheng regularly performs with orchestras and in recital across the U.S. and Europe.

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Gloria Ackerman and Angela Cheng

Raboktina, 2002 silver medalist and 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition winner, will play Richard Strauss’ “Burleske.”

The concert will close with Pratt performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. In addition to serving as CWPC artistic director and professor of piano at CCM, Pratt performs in recitals and with symphony orchestras internationally.

This performance is being presented in lieu of this summer’s competition while the organization explores ways to build on recent successes.

“Most international competitions do not occur annually, and that’s one of the many issues we’re exploring,” Pratt said. “The CWPC remains committed to fostering the talent of young pianists.”

Tickets are $50 to $125.

513-381-3300 or cincinnatiwpc.org

 

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