The Waxahachie Symphony Association will host a special concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.

Kicking off the 2011-2012 season will be 14-year-old Qingxi Meng of China, who has played at Carnegie Hall.

He is visiting friends in Texas for the summer and has graciously agreed to play for the Waxahachie Symphony Association.

The organization is hoping the concert will bring in area teens, who will have the opportunity to visit with the musical prodigy.

Students will be admitted free of charge to the Aug. 28 concert.

Meng is currently attending the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China.

His awards include:

• First Prize at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2011

• First Prize at the 16th

Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition 2011

• Second Prize at the Sunflower Youth Piano Open Competition 2010

• Second Prize at the 73rd Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition 2009

Meng performed at Carnegie Hall in March of this year during the American protégé Winners Recital. He was also a featured performer during the Commemorate the 200th anniversary of Chopin event in ShenZhen, China.

The Aug. 28 concert will kick off the new WSA season, which will also include the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in September and the Fort Worth Concert Bells in December.

The Waxahachie Symphony Association could not continue to bring performers of this caliber to Waxahachie without support from its members.

The WSA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to providing quality music to the citizens of Ellis County at a cost accessible to everyone. A family subscription is available for $75. Seniors (age 60 and older) receive a 20 percent discount for the season ticket.

For more information on becoming a WSA member, contact Sherry Dyess, WSA president at 972-938-1181.