The final concert of Music from The Western Reserve’s 36th season features the talented pianist James Wilson, a senior at Hudson High School. The concert will be April 7 at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora Street.

An aspiring young pianist, Wilson will present classic and challenging works by Bach, Beethoven, Ravel and Chopin. Hear the mesmerizing music and triumphant story of this musician who has overcome cancer.

Wilson, 17, has studied piano in Japan, Utah, Wyoming and Ohio, is currently studying under the direction of Dr. Alvin Chow, chair of the Piano Department at Oberlin College Conservatory.

Playing piano since the age of three, he has won or placed highly in regional, national and international piano competitions. He has performed at Carnegie Hall three times, the Kennedy Center once and was the only American finalist in an international piano competition in France. Wilson has also performed in Italy.

Then his life changed forever. In July 2014 after his second performance at Carnegie Hall and an international competition in Paris, France, he was diagnosed — and has now overcome — Ewing Sarcoma cancer. In addition to playing piano, Wilson enjoys traveling, reading, playing sports, studying and talking about classical composers, as well as spending time with his family.

This final concert of the season marks the end of 36 seasons for Music from The Western Reserve. A featured young artist is presented each year to showcase talented, up and coming artists from Northeast Ohio. This concert is generously sponsored by the Hudson Community Foundation.

A meet-the-artist reception will follow the concert.

Single tickets are $20 and student admission is free. Tickets can be purchased at, the Learned Owl Book Shop at 204 N. Main Street in Hudson or at the door the evening of the concert.

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