PITTSBURG — Talented young pianists will be performing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.
The three-day festival is hosted by the Pittsburg Treble Clef Club and the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

“People don’t really know how much talent there is in Pittsburg,” Pittsburg Treble Clef Festival Director Janis Saket said. “This is a way to share with the community.”

In April, pianists between the ages of seven and 30 submitted a CD of their best work to the club.

“After listening to the CDs, we were like ‘Oh my gosh this is going to be awesome!’” The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Director Joseph Firman said. “These are the finest of students, playing great pieces of art.

“You would never known they are students — they’re world class performers.”

The top three out of each age group will receive scholarships and play at the recital at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Miller auditorium.

The top performer from each group will have the honor of playing at the final gala concert on Saturday night.

Four distinguished pianists, Barbara York, Robert Ensor, Dr. Reena Berger Natenberg and Darius Lim, will be presenting during the three-night festival.

On Thursday, York will present a concert entitled “Barbara York: Compositions with Colleagues” which features original compositions for various instruments and piano.  Dr. Denissa Rivas Munguia (flute) and Dr. Raul Munguia (violin) will be featured.

Other artists to perform will include Stella Hastings (soprano), Joann Britz (clarinet and alto saxophone), A. J. Beu (Euphonium and Tuba), Allen Parrish (tuba), Robin Sisk (tuba) and Fred Green (Flugelhorn and trumpet).

The Friday night concert will feature Ensor in an evening of Jazz Piano and he will be assisted by Matt Hayes on Bass and George Toumayan on drums.

Natenberg, Pittsburg’s own renowned pianist, will perform and the internationally acclaimed pianist from Singapore, Darius Lim, will perform two of his original compositions.  Lim will be joined by the Belles of the Balkans, the Festival women’s choir, the festival string quartet, and the festival percussion under the direction of Dr. Raul Munguia.  

The festival is open to the public and tickets may be bought online and at the door. Details on tickets and the event may be found at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts webpage.

“We are building the community around the arts,” Firman said. “Events like this continues to say thank you so much to the donors who helped make this possible.

“Events like this share the wonder of the arts, we are glad to give children and young adults this experience.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.