A Third Year for "Classical Idol" Music Competition!

Annual Jose Iturbi International Music Competition at UCLA June 15-20
Pianists and Singers can earn over $250,000 in Prizes

The Third Annual Jose Iturbi International Music Competition, which awards the largest cash prizes (more than $250,000) of any classical piano and singing competition worldwide, will take place June 15 - 20 at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles. Applications for pianists and singers to compete in the week-long competition that adds features of "American Idol" to the world of classical music may be completed and submitted online at www.joseiturbifoundation.org. April 15, 2009 is the application deadline.

The Jose Iturbi Foundation's competition is open to pianists and singers of any nationality who are 17 to 32 years old on June 1, 2009. Last year, there were applicants from 37 countries. 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 competition's $250,000 in cash prizes include first place prizes of $50,000 in each category. 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 First Place prize winners, Mariya Kim (from the Ukraine) and Angela Meade (USA), will present Cunard Command Performances(TM) aboard Queen Mary 2 during the April 26, 2009, Transatlantic Crossing from New York to Southampton, England. To make reservations on the April 26, 2009 Queen Mary 2 Crossing, contact your travel professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go online to www.cunard.com.

"It's clear that there is a huge audience for outstanding classical music as evidenced by the overwhelming response to the first two Jose Iturbi International Music Competitions," said Donelle Dadigan, President of the Jose Iturbi Foundation. "The talent of last 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."

For rules and regulations on The Jose Iturbi International Music Competition 2009 or to submit an application, go to www.joseiturbifoundation.org.

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