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Taggart twosome to perform at HUMC

Emma Taggart, 12, and Jacob Taggart, 8, classically trained pianists who have delighted the Park Rapids community for the past several years, will appear in concert at the Hubbard United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. The concert is open to the community.

Emma and Jacob have recently returned from Italy, where they both participated in the 2014 Accademia Tadini International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy. While at the festival, both Emma and Jacob played a concerto with members of the renowned Milan Chamber Orchestra.

The September concert will feature both Emma and Jacob in a variety of works including pieces by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and more.

This is the fifth year that Emma has performed at the church; it is Jacob’s third appearance.

Emma, a world renowned young concert pianist, has won many local and international competitions, and given solo concerts throughout the United States and Europe. In 2013, she made her orchestral debut with the Minnetonka Orchestra, playing Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 in A Major. In 2012, she received first place with a unanimous decision by the jury in the Maria Herrero International Piano Competition in Granada, Spain.

Emma started lessons at age four with Mary Carloni and now studies with Dr. Reid Smith. She gave her first solo recital at the age of six. Among Emma’s awards include the Varallo, Italy International Piano Festival Performance Award in 2010, the Norma, Italy International Music Festival award in 2011, the North Star Concerto Competition and the Wildwood Series Young Artist Award, both in 2013.

Jacob also started lessons at age four. He won his first piano award, the Wildwood Series Young Artist Award, in May, 2013. In the summer of 2013, Jacob made the finals of the pre-teen division of the Talent Show at the Minnesota State Fair, playing in front of an audience of 7,000 people. Most recently, he won the Epiphany Springfest talent show in the pre-teen category. He played his first solo recital in the Dellwood Hills Concert Series.

Emma and Jacob are the grandchildren of Margi and Ron Taggart of Park Rapids.