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Youthful classical pianists to perform at Hubbard United Methodist Church

Two talented, classical pianists, Emma Taggart, 13, and Jacob Taggart, 8, will appear in concert at the Hubbard United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.  Emma and Jacob, the grandchildren of Margi and Ron Taggart of Park Rapids, delight and amaze audiences wherever they appear, say organizers.  This is Emma’s sixth concert at the church and Jacob’s fourth. The concert is open to the community at no charge.  Last summer Emma attended the Accademia Tadini International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy, where she played the second and third Beethoven with members of the Milan Chamber Orchestra.  

In the summer of 2015, she was invited to take lessons, master classes and perform at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University for three weeks with faculty from around the country.  Emma, who is on her way to becoming a world- renowned concert pianist, has already won local and international competitions, taken master classes with legendary pianists such as Nelita True and Oxana Yablonskaya. She has attended festivals in both the United States and Europe, and played with several orchestras.  In 2014, Jacob took first place in the pre-teen division of the Epiphany Talent Competition and won the pre-teen division at the Minnesota State Fair where he wowed a crowd of 5,000 and became one of the youngest winners ever of the State Fair Talent Competition. 

 Jacob attended his first piano festival, the Accademia Tadini International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy, in the summer of 2014. In addition to playing a solo recital, he played Bach with the Milan Chamber Orchestra.   Both Emma and Jacob currently study with Juilliard graduate Dr. Reid Smith.  For further information, visit