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UTSA hosts Jan. 18 concert by Van Cliburn international piano competition finalist

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(Jan. 12, 2011)--The UTSA Department of Music and ARTS San Antonio will present internationally acclaimed pianist Mariangela Vacatello in a concert performance at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main Campus. The performance is part of the UTSA music department's Guest Artist Series.

Vacatello was one of six finalists in the 13th annual Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth in 2009. The competition featured 29 artists representing 14 nations. Each finalist received a prize package offering three years of managed concert tours across the United States and abroad, valued at more than $1 million.

Born in Naples, Italy, Vacatello has performed at major concert venues around the world including engagements in Germany, England, South Africa, Carnegie Hall in New York and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Additionally, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Europe and at major international festivals.

In 2007, Vacatello earned the Laureate Prize at the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and second prize in the 1999 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Utecht, Germany.

She received a bachelor's degree in piano from the International Piano Academy in Imola, Italy, and a master's degrees in piano from the Milan Conservatory of Music and the London Royal Academy of Music.

UTSA student tickets are free and available in advance at the Department of Music, Arts Building Room 3.01.58, Main Campus, or at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets range from $15 to $60; discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Purchase general admission tickets at the ARTS San Antonio website.



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