According to her website, quickly rising piano starlet Mariangela Vacatello began her music career at the tender age of four, when she studied under Aldo Tramma in Naples, Italy. Ever since her debut concert, when she performed Franz Liszt’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” (at age 14, in Milan), Vacatello’s been collecting awards, among them the Laureate Prize at Belgium’s esteemed Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in 2007. For a preview of Vacatello’s impressive range, visit mariangelavacatello.com, where you can watch the performance (Igor Stravinsky’s “Trois mouvements de Petrouchka”) that landed her in the finals of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. On Monday, Vacatello will be one of two special guests at ARTS SA’s “Magical Evening for Music and Art Lovers” (the other is visual artist Cesar Proa), where she’ll give a sneak peek of what Tuesday’s recital holds. Meet the artist: $35 (RSVP required at artssa.org), 7pm Mon, Jan 17, AnArte Gallery, 7959 Broadway. Recital: $15-$60, 7:30pm Tue, Jan 18, UTSA Recital Hall, One UTSA Circle, (210) 226-2891, artssa.org.
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