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The Walden Chamber Music Society presents young rising star and pianist Wei Luo in concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the SteamPlant Event Center.  The internationally acclaimed musician will perform works by Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Shchedrin and Prokofiev.

In May, REVUE magazine said about Luo, “The young artist is carving out her own space among her Curtis predecessors with deep sonorities, fiery intensity and unfiltered rawness. Luo’s strong connection to the Russian compositions was plain throughout the concert.”

Born in Shenzhen, China, and named a Gilmore Young Artist in 2018, Luo began piano lessons around age 5 and gave her debut recital in Hong Kong at age 6. Winner of numerous competitions in China, Wei also claimed first prize in the 11th Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists in Poland and the Second Rachmaninov International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Frankfurt, both in 2010.

Luo is also the 2016 winner and recipient of the “Salon de Virtuosi” Career Grant in New York. She made her orchestra debut at age 10 with the Shanghai Philharmonic, and along with artistic director Muhai Tang, opened the 2011 season by performing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 in the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

In 2012, when Luo was age 13, she was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Curtis educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.

Collegiate Peaks Bank has sponsored 30 tickets at no charge for students ages 5 to 18. Students may pick up these complimentary tickets at Collegiate Peaks Bank in either Buena Vista or Salida on a first-come, first-served basis.

For others, tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The concert is underwritten by Collegiate Peaks Bank and the HHSB Family Foundation and ticket sales will benefit the Walden’s Scholarship Program.

Tickets are available online at www.waldenchambermusic.org and salidasteamplant.com and also from the SteamPlant Theater box office. Tickets purchased online will be available at will call in the SteamPlant lobby (pick-up by 6:45 p.m.) on the evening of the performance. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dale Kettering at 719-1252 or visit www.waldenchambermusic.org.

Submitted by the Walden Chamber Music Society