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Westport To Host 2013 Heida Hermanns Piano Competition

Yue Chu, honorary chair of the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition set for Nov. 23-24 in Westport.
Yue Chu, honorary chair of the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition set for Nov. 23-24 in Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition is coming to Westport this weekend.

The competition from the Connecticut Alliance for Music and support from the Westport Arts Center is set for Nov. 23-24 at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport. The biannual event is in its 42nd year and honors the late Heida Hermanns, a concert pianist from Westport. The media sponsor is WSHU.

"The goal of the competition is to give support to young musicians, aged 19 through 35, in the early stages of their professional careers," representatives said in a press release.

The competition is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

Past winners include Frederic Chiu and Christopher O’Reilly.

Admission to the semi-finals is free. Competitors are scheduled to perform throughout the day for 20 minutes each and audience members are free to come and go.

At the end of the day, judges will select six pianists to move on to the Sunday finals. The contestants will vie for cash prizes of $10,500 – first prize, $5,000; second prize, $2,500; third prize, $1,500; and three honorable mentions, $500 each.

The honorary chair of the competition is Yue Chu, who was the first prize winner of the 2011 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition. Chu is attending the Artist Diploma program at Yale University of Music.

For more information, residents are asked to visit the competition's webpage . For tickets, residents are asked to call the Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070.

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