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Hastings’ Colton Peltier presents piano performance Feb. 27

Hastings native and Juilliard-trained pianist Colton Peltier will present a piano performance at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Pius V Catholic Church, Cannon Falls. The performance is a World Youth Day fundraiser for the church’s young people.

Peltier made his first orchestral debut at age 9, performing Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 1” in eight young people’s concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The following year, he again performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and made his first appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra. He continued to perform with different orchestras in and outside of Minnesota. Other highlights included being re-engaged with the Minnesota Orchestra, performing with the Kenwood Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Allegro Con Brio Orchestra and seven times over six months with the Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska conducting. He also performed with the Virginia Waring International Competition Orchestra, winning first prize, the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the La Mont Symphony in Denver, Colorado, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony.

Most recently, Peltier has continued to perform with orchestras throughout the country. Some of these include two engagements with the Baton Rouge Symphony, The South Arkansas Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony and the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra.

He studies piano with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School of Music, where he is a student. He attends the Aspen Music Festival in the summers where he also studies with Prof. Kaplinsky.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students, and $60 for a family. Contact 507-263-2578.

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