University Of Utah School of Music
Many youths from throughout the Wasatch Front take part in the University of Utah's SummerArts Piano Competition.

Each summer, the University of Utah sponsors the SummerArts Piano Competition for young artists. The competition draws a large number of youthful pianists to the U. campus from the Salt Lake Valley and throughout the Wasatch Front.

This year 150 pianists, from age 6 to college age, took part in the competition. Of these, 12 were chosen to perform at this weekend's concerto concert with the SummerArts Festival Orchestra.

There will be two separate programs. Performing Friday will be Anna Neff, Carson Malen, Ann Lambert, Ruby Chou, Lisa Folau and Pam Jones.

Saturday's soloists are Helena Ma, Richard Contreras, Amanda Ricks, Rita Hsiang, Fay Fay Ye and Stella Markova.

According to Susan Duehlmeier, chairwoman of the U.'s piano department, the 12 youths represent a greater range of cultural and ethnic diversity than has been seen at previous SummerArts competitions. Among the perfomers are three of Pacific Islander heritage, as well as youngsters born in Venezuela, Bulgaria and Taiwan.

Works that will be played at this weekend's concerts include movements from concertos by Mozart, MacDowell, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Gershwin and Saint-Saens, among others.

If you go ...

What: University of Utah's SummerArts Piano Competition Concert

Where: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (two separate programs)

How much: $7 general admission, $3 students (at the door)

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