Italian pianist to play in region

HURON – The Sandusky Concert Association is to present pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bowling Green State University’s Firelands Campus.

Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Pompa-Baldi first came to the U.S. in 1999 to participate in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He won first prize and embarked on a career that continues to extend across five continents.

A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as Best Performance of a New Work. He recently performed in Dallas at a concert commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Van Cliburn.

The artist appears regularly at the world’s major concert venues, including Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Milan’s Sala Verdi, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (both Isaac Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall), Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Paris’ Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, Theatre des Champs-Elysees and Theatre du Chatelet.

In addition to Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Pompa-Baldi will be performing the American premiere of Roberto Piana’s “25 Pictorial Preludes.” These selections will be illustrated by multimedia.

The concert is at Firelands Theatre, 1 University Drive, Huron.

Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students grades K-12 and available at the door.