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Musicians tune up for charity concert 19 November 2008

Musicians and dancers join forces at a major fundraising event ater this month in aid of local musical charities.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular, sponsored by Boston Charitable Foundation, will feature the Academy of Dance performing excerpts from the Nutcracker Ballet Suite and music from Romeo and Juliet and Marche Slave by the 70-strong Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra, which has organised the concert.

The event, which will also include Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto by renowned piano soloist Dimitar Penchev, will take place on Sunday 30 November at 2.30pm.

Ruth Robinson, who is responsible for the Boston Charitable Foundation, said: 'We are really pleased to be involved in this event. So many talented performers are coming together to stage a fantastic afternoon of music and dance for the Island. It is set to be a memorable occasion.'

All the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Manx Youth Orchestra, Manx Youth Choir and the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra.

Boston Charitable Foundation has been established by the Boston Group to support local Isle of Man focused charities. It aims to support events and fundraising initiatives where local people will benefit.

The Academy of Dance was opened in January 2001 by Pippa Salter, offering classes in classical ballet training. Over the years the school has consistently achieved excellent examination results and enjoyed taking part in the Manx Ballet’s biannual production and its own school productions, as well as seeing many of its students progress to dance colleges across the UK.

Piano soloist Dimitar Pentchev was born in Bulgaria and started playing the piano at the age of six, winning a scholarship to the School for Artistic and Talented Children in Pazardjik. He gave his first solo recital at 12 and has since played for audiences in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Greece, Czech Republic, USA and the UK, both as a solo pianist and with many orchestras.

After graduating from Bulgaria’s leading music academy, Dimitar obtained a Masters in Piano Performance at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. As well as his career as a concert pianist, Dimitar is also an accomplished composer for film and theatre, winning awards both in his native Bulgaria and the USA.

Among his compositions, his piece Conversations for Violin and Piano was awarded first prize at the Russell Horn Young Composers Competition in USA. The piece was performed for the first time in the Isle of Man in February at a recital at the Erin Arts Centre with Dimitar and the violinist Denitsa Kucera, his fellow compatriot and childhood friend.

Dimitar moved to the Isle of Man in September 2006. He teaches piano and works at his composition commissions at his home studio.

Tickets for Tchaikovsky Spectacular are now available from the Villa box office hotline 694555 or online www.villagaiety.com

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