Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 1.54.12 PMThere are many, many great things about living in East Dallas, one of those being the comfort of living in a beautiful family-friendly neighborhood, yet still having easy access to downtown events and venues. Sure, most of us don’t venture out of our corner of the city as much as we probably ought to, but we certainly can if something piques our interest. All that to say, this Tuesday, April 30, in the newly opened City Performance Hall downtown, the Dallas Chamber Symphony is ending its first season with a performance that might be worth traveling out of the hood to see.

Pianist Congcong Chai, the winner of the First Annual DCS International Piano Competition, will be featured in the event, followed by classical pieces by Beethoven and Brahms performed by the entire symphony.

After applying to the competition and participating in a “highly selective” preliminary audition round, Chai was invited to travel to Dallas to participate in the final rounds of competition, which were held at Southern Methodist University in March. Chai advanced through three live rounds of competition, adjudicated by a panel of renowned concert pianists, to win first prize and a solo engagement to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor with the Dallas Chamber Symphony on Tuesday. A native of Xian, China, Chai is also a prize-winner of the Sorantin International Competition. In other words, he’s awesome on the keys.

If you want to hear him work his musical magic, the event will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $21 to $38 each, and $12 for students. Enter the promo code “Beethoven25” when purchasing online for an extra 25% off. For event information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (214) 880-0202. Tickets may also be purchased in the City Performance Hall lobby the evening of the concert starting at 6 p.m.

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