A Van Cliburn Medalist will perform in Waxahachie on Saturday.

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents Sean Chen at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hagee Center on the campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Chen is lauded as a charismatic rising star with a "million-volt smile" and a "formidable set of fingers."

The 2013 bronze medalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will return to Texas for an intimate, engaging appearance, where he will perform "Hommage to Chopin" with pieces by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.

Chen has degrees from the Juilliard School, an artist diploma from Yale University, and was the first American to reach the Van Cliburn finals since 1997.

WSA will also present its Young Artist Awards that evening to outstanding Ellis County graduating seniors for vocal and instrumental performance. This year, a total of 12 students applied for the award. Award winners will receive scholarships from the WSA.

The first place winners will receive a cash award of $1,500 and a chance to perform in the spring at a Waxahachie Symphony Concert. The runner-ups will receive $1,000 and are recognized at a WSA Concert.

Last year's instrumentalist winners included James Merritt in first place, and Ezra De La Garza and Josh Pearson tied for second place. In first place for the vocalist category was Rickea Strogen and in second was Caleb Barnett.

Join the WSA in Waxahachie for pianist Sean Chen. Adult tickets are $20 and children through high school are free. Complete concert and ticket information are available at waxahachiesymphony.org.