Monday night marked the final dinner concert for the World Piano Competition, held at the Queen City Club. The dinner concerts build momentum for the competition leading up to the Artist Division round which begins July 8th. It was obvious that those in attendance certainly had one thing in common – a love and excitement for classical piano music! The night began with cocktails and conversation, and I immediately noticed that there were many more in attendance than any of the dinners I had attended in the past. It was amazing to see such a great turn out, and all in support of the 2013 World Piano Competition!
After a half hour or so everyone took their seats in the dining room, patiently waiting for distinguished artist and teacher, Sergei Polusmiak, to take the stage. Before doing so, CSO violinist Stacey Wooley humored the crowd, setting the mood for what was going to be a great night. Sergei Polusmiak entered the room beaming and everyone was excited for him to begin his performance. Unless you have heard the pianist before, it is pretty suspenseful before they begin, because you never know exactly what they will play like. However, Sergei exceeded my expectations! He made each piece he played his own and captured the audience’s attention with his incredible technique. From Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, to Fazil Say’s Jazz Fantasy on Mozart, it was a performance that I will never forget, and I know the rest of the audience felt the same!
After the performance dinner was served, you could hear bits of the various conversations from each table all somehow regarding a love and excitement for classical piano music. Even those who had never attended dinners or events like this before were enthusiastic. Monday night was proof that big changes are happening with The World Piano Competition and I am excited to see what is to come, especially with the competition coming up so fast on July 8th!
Do you have your tickets yet? http://www.cincinnatiwpc.org/tickets.html