A power outage delayed the performances of the 2008 Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition Saturday night.
Saturday's high temperatures apparently caused a malfunction in the conduit leading to the transformer that supplies power to the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center around 6:30 p.m., said Bachauer Foundation spokesman Bryce Isaacson.
Utah Power crews worked through the evening to fix the problem.
The competition resumed at 10 p.m. at the Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah. "That was the only thing we could do," Isaacson said.
By press time, the judges hadn't decided on the winner, but results are available online.
The six finalists who were scheduled to perform during the 1 1/2-hour competition were: Qi Xu, 13, China; George Li, 12, Lexington, Mass.; Jan Lisiecki, 13, Canada; Ching Toa Aristo Sham, 12, Hong Kong; Yi Jia Wang, 12, China; and Anna Han, 12, Chandler, Ariz. The six young pianists were selected Friday night out of 33 international competitors this year.
Isaacson said the competition's finals were sold out in the 500-seat Jeanne Wagner Theatre of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. So the move to the 680-seat Libby Gardner Concert Hall was actually beneficial.