United States International Duo Piano Competition, Jan. 4-6, times vary, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., $5-$15, usidpc.org.
n its 20th year, this prestigious competition returns again to The Broadmoor hotel
, where it attracts some of the most promising and established talent in the genre of duo piano. Unlike a regular recital, duo piano competitions
feature pairs of performers who have learned compositions together to be played together. It requires a kind of synergy that creates tension you won’t find in solo performance, and it can be a delight to watch when the musicians have fun with their craft. Finalists will compete from all over the world, representing the best of the best in all age categories and from all backgrounds. Attendees can enjoy the 20th anniversary celebration on Friday night, concerts on Saturday and Sunday, the awards ceremony on Sunday evening, or all of the above, with weekend passes starting at an insanely reasonable $15 per person.