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Jose Iturbi Foundation (JOSE)


Thursday 28 February, 2008

Jose Iturbi Foundation

A Second Year for 'Idol-Like' Competition for C...

Annual Jose Iturbi International Music Competition at UCLA Offers
Pianists and Singers $250,000 in Prizes; Application Deadline Is
April 15, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/28/08 --  The Jose Iturbi
Foundation today announced that The Second Annual Jose Iturbi
International Music Competition, the contest with the largest cash
bounty (more than $250,000) of any classical piano and singing
competition worldwide, will take place again this summer June 16 - 21
at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles.  Applications for pianists
and singers to compete in the weeklong competition that adds features
of "American Idol" to the world of classical music may be completed
and submitted online at   April 15,
2008 is the application deadline.

The competition is open to pianists and singers of any nationality
who are 17 to 32 years old on June 1, 2008.  Admission to the
preliminary round of the competition will be limited to a maximum of
24 applicants in each category.  12 pianists and 12 singers will
advance to the semi-final round and six singers and six pianists will
compete in the final round.  The competition's 10 world renowned
judges will be announced shortly.

The schedule for the competition is as follows:

June 15           Registration and Orientation in The Faculty Center

June 16 and 17    Preliminary Rounds for 24 pianists and 24 singers
                  Semi-Finalists announced

June 18 and 19    Semi-Final Rounds for 12 pianists and 12 singers
                  Finalists announced

June 20           Final Round for 6 singers followed by Awards

June 21           Final Round for 6 pianists followed by Awards

The competition's $250,000 in cash prizes include first place prizes
of $50,000.  There will be two People's Choice prizes (one for a
pianist and one for a singer) of $3,000 voted "live" by attendees of
the final competition round.  Last year's 48 competitors hailed from
15 different countries.

"It's clear that there is a huge audience for outstanding classical
music as evidenced by the overwhelming response to the first Jose
Iturbi International Music Competition last summer," said Donelle
Dadigan, President of the Jose Iturbi Foundation.  "The talent of
year's participants blew everyone away!  Just call us 'Classical
Idol.' Especially inspiring was the tremendous camaraderie among the
participants that was evident throughout the week-long contest."

Created in 1985 by Donelle Dadigan and Marion Seabury, The Jose
Iturbi Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization
to continuing the legacy of concert great Jose Iturbi, and to fulfill
his desire of bringing to the public's attention today's greatest
emerging classical pianists and vocalists.  The foundation's goal is
to globally expand the passion for classical music through dynamic
competition and compelling live performance.  The competition
distinguishes itself by giving the largest cash prizes ($50,000 each)
for first place winners for solo piano and voice in the world.  Last
year, the foundation gave away $268,000 in prize money for the
winners of The Jose Iturbi International Music Competition.

One of the greatest concert pianists of his time, Jose Iturbi was
also a composer, conductor and performer of international acclaim who
starred as himself in seven MGM musicals including "Anchors Away"
(1945) starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.  He was the first
classical musician to receive a Gold Record representing record sales
in excess of one million and receive a star on the world-famous
Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. Iturbi felt that classical music
should be a more recognizable part of everyone's entertainment.  It
was his hope that through live concerts, motion pictures, recordings,
international competitions, and public forums, a larger number of
people would learn to love classical music and attend live concert

For rules and regulations on The Jose Iturbi International Music
Competition 2008 or to submit an application, go to  Ticket requests are available online
for the public to attend all rounds of the competition on a first
come first served basis.

Christopher Robins
(310) 939-9024
[email protected]


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