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Chenxing Huang of China prepares for her performance on the piano.

Seldom does a small town in rural America get the chance to experience quality Classical music presented on a local stage.

Lake Village has been blessed to break the mold and have a concert of award winning young talents from around the world.

For almost a decade, musicians who have won IBLA contests from many different countries have been presenting their skills for the community’s listening pleasure. For that one time a year, residents don’t have to travel to the big city to enjoy a time of culture.

This year, young people travelled from Taiwan, China, Italy, Georgia, Romania and Japan to entertain local residents. The musicians played a small variety of instruments. A majority were pianists, with one clarinetist and one playing the pan flute.

Each player exhibited a completely unique style. One could see and feel the emotions of the set on their faces and in their movements. According to attendees, one of the more expressive was a 14-year-old pianist from Italy; not only could each note be heard, but one could almost feel them through the players’ body language.

There was no cost for the concert, and afterward, the chamber of commerce provided a southern meal of pulled pork, macaroni salad and desert.

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