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Cincinnati World Piano Competition to hold 60th Anniversary Concert at CCM

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The Cincinnati World Piano Competition (CWPC) returns to CCM Village for a special 60th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

This special one-night-only performance honors CWPC founder and former Executive Director Gloria Ackerman, who retired in 2013. The concert features CWPC Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt, in addition to pianists Angela Cheng and Daria Rabotkina, performing repertoire for piano and orchestra with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) 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 CWPC medalists along with Awadagin, who is of course a world-renowned pianist in his own right,” said CWPC Board Chair Jack Rouse.

The program will open with Ravel’s Piano Concerto, performed by 1983 CWPC Gold Medalist Angela Cheng. Cheng, who went on to win the Gold Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, was also the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition. She is consistently praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship. 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 US and Europe.

Strauss’ Burleske will be performed by 2002 CWPC Silver Medalist Daria Raboktina who, according to the Washington Post, has impressed audiences and critics alike with her “clearly prodigious musical gifts.” She went on to win the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, has received top prizes at many international competitions, and has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev and Ginacarlo Guerrero, among others.

The concert closes with Pratt performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. In addition to serving as CWPC Artistic Director and Professor of Piano at CCM, Pratt is internationally acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involved performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. He last performed with the CSO in 2011 for Paavo Järvi’s triumphant final concerts as the Orchestra’s Music Director.

“It is always an honor and pleasure to make music with the world-class musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,” Pratt said.

As previously announced, this special CWPC performance on July 30 at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium is being presented in lieu of this summer’s competition while the organization examines and explores ways to further 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.”

PERFORMANCE TIME
7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Ticket pricing is as follows: $50 for concert tickets (concert ticket only), $75 for patron tickets (concert ticket, premium seating, $25 contribution to CWPC) and $125 for benefactor tickets (concert ticket, preferred seating, $50 contribution to CWPC and admission to post concert reception).

Tickets for the CWPC’s 60th Anniversary Concert are on sale at the Music Hall Box Office, online at cincinnatiwpc.org, or by phone, 513-381-3300.


PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

There is also a FC Cincinnati Soccer Game scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 30 at UC's Nippert Stadium. Please plan your parking and travel times accordingly.

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ABOUT THE CINCINNATI WORLD PIANO COMPETITION
Founded in 1956, the CWPC has undergone many changes, artistic, strategic, and otherwise in its 60-year history. One of the most pivotal of these changes occurred in 2013 when the CWPC joined forces with two of Cincinnati’s most revered cultural institutions: the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt also serves on the faculty.

The Competition occurs on CCM’s campus and three finalists are afforded the opportunity to perform with the CSO during the final round. Both CCM and the CSO also assist the CWPC with administrative resources.

For more information on the CWPC, please visit www.cincinnatiwpc.org.