Piano Competition Winners Present Free Recital At Crossroads Bible Church 3 p.m. Saturday

Pianist Lenny Svyatsky, 10, of Los Alamos is the 2014 State of New Mexico Level 1 winner. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

The public is cordially invited to attend a free recital of outstanding young pianists who are the winners of the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico (PMTNM) annual District Honors Competition.

The free recital is 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road. The day-long Piano Competition that proceeds the concert is Friday, Oct. 2 on the UNM-LA campus.

Two outstanding piano artists—Marylene Dosse of Albuquerque and Kim Bakkum of Taos—are the invited judges. The Honors Competition is the major piano competition in New Mexico and is held statewide throughout six different geographical divisions.

 First Place winners from each division advance to the State Finals in November in Santa Fe. Los Alamos students belong to the Northeast Division, which also encompasses Santa Fe, Taos and Las Vegas. All 25 of the competing students must study with a private teacher who is a member of both PMTNM and of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), as well as of their local city affiliate.

Winners performing Saturday will have competed in five different levels, delineated by age, from 9-16 years old. Students and their teachers freely select what repertoire is performed in the competition, restricted only by set time limits for each level, ranging from six minutes through 10 minutes. All competition pieces are performed from memory.

A wide spectrum of classical music will be heard, ranging from Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn and Tchaikovsky, to name only a few, as well as numerous contemporary composers. Saturday’s concert will feature the First, Second and Third Prize winners from each of the five levels. The Los Alamos Music Teachers Association will host a reception of light refreshments following the concert. Please join in celebrating these outstanding young piano artists.

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