While not as prestigious as Moscow's Tchaikovsky Competition, the University of Maryland's International William Kapell Piano Competition and Festival has become one of the most important events of its kind.
The competition, which began last week and concludes Saturday, features 38 contestants from 15 nations competing for more than $50,000 in cash awards. The first-prize winner will receive $20,000 and 40 engagements, including a recital in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, Nov. 19. Tickets for semifinal-round performances, July 19-22, are $10 general admission and $2.50 for students. These performances will be held at the Tawes Theater on the university campus. The finals will take place 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center and will feature the three finalists performing concertos with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Maximiano Valdes. Tickets for the final round are $12 to $58 and may be obtained at the Kennedy Center box office, 202-467-4600.