Yunchan Lim’s piano concert Friday (8 p.m. at Shaghoian Hall) is the hottest ticket in town. And I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out event.
Some background: Lim is the young Korean sensation who in 2022 won the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at age 18, becoming the youngest person to ever win the top prize. “He’s considered a rock star by his Korean countrymen,” says Andreas Werz, artistic director of the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts series. When Lim performed in San Jose last month, the Mercury News headlined the event “Young pianist everyone’s talking about performs.”
Besides San Jose and Fresno, Lim’s only other California concert this season will be in April in La Jolla. This makes the Fresno engagement a magnet for out-of-town visitors.
For the first time in Keyboard’s 51-year history, a concert is being moved to a larger hall because of demand for tickets — in this case from the Fresno State Concert Hall to Shaghoian Hall on the Clovis North High School campus. Even after the move to the larger venue, which seats about 750 audience members, the concert quickly sold out.
The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, a half hour later than the regular 7:30 p.m. start time. (In case unwary ticket holders show up at Fresno State, this will give them a chance to drive to the Shaghoian.) Lim’s program includes Mendelssohn’s Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op.28.
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To enter the giveaway, leave a reply on this page answering this question: What is one thing about Fresno that you’d like to share with Yunchan Lim, who has never been here before? (Or, if you’d prefer, just tell me why you want to see the show.) Leave your entry in the comment field below. A reminder: Deadline to enter is 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.