Free classical concert is Sept. 12

OMAK – A free classical music concert, featuring a Chinese pianist and an Arizona guitarist, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The Ladies Musical Club of Seattle event will be in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

Performers are Yibing Zhang, a pianist from China who studies at the University of North Texas, and Steven Lerman, a guitarist from Tucson, Ariz.

The concert and tour of area schools is an outreach from the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle and is the Frances Walton Competition Tour 2018. Each year Janice Gockel and her husband bring winners of the competition to the Okanogan Valley.

Zhang was praised by Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell for his performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra.

He “certainly has the technical and musical goods … sure sense of pace … and sense of the music’s grandeur as well as sentiment,” said the review.

Zhang won the 2017 Dallas International Piano Competition, second prize in the 2017 International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition, the Discretionary Award in the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition and second prize in the 2015 Young Texas Artist Competition.

He has a bachelor of music from Central Conservatory in Beijing, master of music from New England Conservatory and a graduate artist certificate from the University of North Texas. He plans to attend Southern Methodist University this fall on full scholarship to earn his artist diploma.

Lerman is an award-winning classical guitarist from southern California who has won prizes in 20 international guitar competitions, including first prize in the Indiana International Guitar Competition at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2017.

Since being selected for the Promising Artists of the 21st Century tour in 2014, Lerman has taught, performed and made radio appearances across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and France.

He is pursuing a doctor of music degree and has taught for the last five years as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University and the University of Arizona.

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