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World-renowned pianist Vladimir Felstman will be performing with the Eastern Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, conductor, in the orchestra’s opening concert of the 51st season. Vladimir Feltsman is one of the most versatile and constantly interesting musicians of our time. A regular guest soloist with leading symphony orchestras in the United States and abroad, he appears in the most prestigious concert series and music festivals all over the world. Born in Moscow in 1952, Mr. Feltsman debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at age 11. In 1971, Mr. Feltsman won the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris. The concert will feature Feltsman on Beethoven’s Concerto No.3 for Piano in C minor, op.37. The orchestra will also perform Prelude and Black Swan by composer Bright Sheng and Symphony No. 3 in C minor, op.78 (Organ Symphony) by Saint-Saëns with special guest artist Andre Lash, organ.

Feltsman will also coach a master class with EMF’s young artists on Friday, June 29th at 4:00 pm. The class is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door.

The Eastern Music Festival’s mission is to promote musical enrichment, excellence, professional collaboration, innovation, and diversity through a nationally-recognized teaching program, music festival, concerts, and other programs which will enhance the quality of life, health, and vitality of our region. The Eastern Music Festival and School, founded in 1961 in Greensboro, North Carolina by Sheldon Morgenstern, is an internationally-renowned classical music festival and institute for young musicians that runs for five weeks each summer. The institute accepts students ages 14 through 22 from around the country and the world. The EMF faculty consists of world-class performing artists selected from top orchestras and music schools nationally and internationally.  Led by music director Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Music Festival and School celebrates its 51st season in 2012.