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 Pianist Barry Douglas Returns to Daytona with Camerata Ireland - Posted: 27-Feb-08

MEDIA CONTACT: Katharina Brierton Lane, Hayworth Creative Public Relations

(386) 677-7000 or katharina@hayworthcreative.com

CENTRAL EAST, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2008) - The Daytona Beach International Festival (DBIF) is presenting an evening of classical music excellence featuring pianist Barry Douglas and the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland.The concert event begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 at the News-JournalCenter (221 N. Beach Street) in Daytona Beach.Part of the 2007-08 DBIF Season, the concert program will include 'Three Pieces in Old Style for strings' by Henryk Gorecki; Ludwig van Beethoven's 'Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19'; and Jean Sibelius' 'Romance for Strings and Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat' by Franz Schubert.

Following his appearance at the 2007 Florida International Festival, the Daytona Beach News-Journal described Douglas' performance as 'sheer, sublime perfection.'An Irishman and one of the preeminent pianists of his generation, Douglas has won widespread recognition for his talent, including the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, and the Bronze Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition.He has played with every major international orchestra during his long and stellar career, but will return to Daytona Beach to perform with his one true passion, Camerata Ireland.

Founded by Douglas in 1999, Camerata Ireland is made up of exceptionally talented Irish musicians brought together to celebrate Ireland and its music.The ensemble has performed around the world, and has been praised for its 'enthralling performances' that 'brim with musicality' and the 'sensuality, charm and impulse of the best world-level ensembles.'Under Douglas' direction, Camerata Ireland recently finished the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Concerto recordings, with the January 2008 release of Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Triple.In February, the three discs, including all of Beethoven's Piano Concerti, will be available in a box set on the Satirino label.

The ensemble is also known for its annual summer festival of music in Clandeboye, Ireland during which 15 young musicians participate in intensive master classes with Barry Douglas and other musicians.

Single tickets for the Camerata Ireland performance are $52 and $42.DBIF also offers student tickets for $22 and child tickets for $12 with the purchase of an adult ticket.The new Friends of the Arts Discount offers adults a 15 percent discount on all single-event tickets when they present tickets from other local arts organizations.*

The 2007-2008 DBIF Season will conclude with a March 27 performance by the Irish Rovers, and its first-ever special event concert on April 3, featuring the world-famous Itzhak

Perlman.For more information, call the DBIF Box Office at (386) 257-7790 or (866) 849-0731 (toll free), or visit 212 S. Beach Street in Daytona Beach or .

The Daytona Beach International Festival's mission is to enhance demand for diverse, artistically brilliant live music performances in the Daytona Beach, Florida region.DBIF presents the biennial festival featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, slated for April 17 to May 2, 2009.Previously known as the Florida International Festival, the 2009 Festival will bear the organization's new name - Daytona Beach International Festival.The new DBIF was formed with unprecedented support from the City of Daytona Beach, County of Volusia, the Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District, and with continued support from the private sector to embark on an ambitious plan to take the Festival to even greater heights.

Daytona Beach is 23-miles of picturesque beaches along the Atlantic Coastline of Florida. Historically known for its spectacular beaches and motor sports, the Daytona Beach area is also endowedwith numerous first-class cultural organizations, including theMuseum of Arts and Sciences, the Southeast Museum of Photography, the Atlantic Center for the Arts as well as the state's only professional musical theater company, Seaside Music Theater, and the largest international and orchestral Festival in Florida, the Daytona Beach International Festival, and many more.

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* Some restrictions apply.Please call the Box Office for details.

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