15 year old piano prodigy to perform on C of C campus

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Charleston native and piano prodigy Micah McLaurin will perform at the 20th Anniversary Season of the College of Charleston’s International Piano Series on February 9th at 8 p.m. in the Sottile Theatre.

The name didn't ring a bell with us either, but after scoping the press release we here at The Digitel can't wait to snatch up some tickets to the show. Here's a bit on McLaurin that will knock your socks off:

At the current age of fifteen, Micah McLaurin has been recognized in several regional and international competitions. He will be the youngest pianist to perform in the International Piano Series. In 2008, he won 2nd Prize in the International Institute of Young Musicians Piano Competition in Lawrence, Kansas, 1st Prize in the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto competition, resulting in a concerto performance with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in December of 2009. He also won 4th Prize in the 2009 Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition in Montgomery, Alabama.

McLaurin is a native of Charleston, SC and is currently a home-schooled, ninth grader. He began studying piano at the age of eight under Marsha Gerber, and is currently a scholarship student of Enrique Graf at the Charleston Academy of Music. In his earlier years, he achieved statewide recognition as an annual winner of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association Pre-College Piano Auditions. He also performed twice on SCETV as a television representative of the SC Piano Festival Association, received the Critic’s Circle rating five consecutive years in the National Guild Auditions, and was the winner of the 2007 SCMTA competition. In addition, he has been a recipient of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Scholarship for the last four years.

Told ya.

McLaurin will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suite No. 5, Frederic Chopin’s Ballade No. 4, Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 3, Joseph Haydn’s Sonata in F Major, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2. Individual tickets are $20, but College of Charleston students and those under 18 years old will be admitted free of charge.

Credit card reservations and more information are available by calling (843) 953-6575.