April 23rd through 25th, Newnan will host some of the nation’s most talented young classical piano players, as the inaugural Wadsworth Piano Competition comes to the Donald W. Nixon Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts.
The eight finalists are Nadia Azzi (Colburn School, CA), Hilda Huang (Yale University, CT), Aristo Sham (Harvard University, MA), Zhiheng Guo (Manhattan School of Music, NY), Dominic Cheli (Colburn School, CA), Michael Davidman (Curtis Institute of Music, PA), Angie Zhang (The Juilliard School, NY) and Peng Lin (pictured, also Juilliard).
Named after Newnan native, pianist Charles Wadsworth, the competition honors Wadsworth’s extensive legacy and contributions to the field of classical music, through his work as both the founding director of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and former artistic director for the Spoleto USA Festival.
The Nixon Centre is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. Admission is free. For more information, go to wadsworthpianocompetition.org.