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Seong-Jin Cho set for 2 Bay Area concerts with Stanford Live & San Francisco Performances / The Mercury News

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Ever since his Gold Medal win at the 2015 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho has been dazzling audiences with a rare blend of phenomenal technique and depth of artistic insight. Now he's set to appear in back-to-back Bay Area performances, each one with a different program. First on the schedule is a recital at Stanford Live; the next evening, he'll appear at Herbst Theatre for San Francisco Performances. Both programs include Chopin's Polonaise Fantasy; at Stanford, he'll also play the composer's Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor and Ballade No. 3, along with Debussy's "Images," Books 1 and 2. The San Francisco program includes Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," along with works by Bach and Schubert. Details: 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, $42-$87, 650-724-2464, live.stanford.edu.; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Herbst Theatre, S.F., $45-$75, 415-392-2545, www.sfperformances.org

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