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Miyazaki is a little town in southern Japan that has grown into a cultural centre attracting Western classical music lovers from all over the world
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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In the last three years, the Smooth Jazz Awards has evolved into a premiere jazz event featuring over 30 artists on one stage
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The fourth ZBollywood Awards event promises to be unlike any other  Bollywood live show"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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Remembering Stern

Isaac Stern: profound maestro. Photo: Henry Grossman (courtesy www.isaacstern.com)

Last year, The Music Magazine reported on an outstanding music festival run under the guidance of Isaac Stern, the famous violinist. The maestro, spoken of in the same breath as Yehudi Menuhin, passed away some time after the festival. This year's Miyazaki International Music Festival is dedicated to his memory.

Between May 6 and 18, it is concerts, master classes and a photo exhibition featuring Stern, who inspired and gave shape to the annual festival. Miyazaki is a little town in southern Japan that has grown into a cultural centre attracting Western classical music lovers from all over Asia and the world.

This year's schedule features Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano and conducting), the Juilliard String Quartet, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (piano, violin, cello), Michael Stern (conducting), Jian Wang (cello), Akiko Suwanai (violin), Tsugio Tokunaga (violin and general producer) and many of Japan's top classical performers.

"This is one of Asia's most attractive classical music events... it is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern who, for the past six years, was the guiding light and spirit behind this celebration of some of the world's greatest music," says Claus P Regge of Soundwork Inc, media consultants for the event.

Special festival infopage

Visit the multi-lingual Miyazaki Festival home site

Smooth Jazz broadcasts

LOS ANGELES: The Third Annual National Smooth Jazz Awards Television Broadcast is scheduled for May 26.

The premier contemporary jazz event will be broadcast on BET and BET On Jazz for the first time in its three-year history.

Originally scheduled for April 29, the broadcast has been moved to May 26 due to changes in broadcast schedules on BET.

The prestigious awards show, hosted by Capitol recording artist Dave Koz and Hidden Beach Recordings artist Brenda Russell, recognized the very best Contemporary Jazz artists of the past year in 16 categories on March 2 in San Diego, California.

For the time ever the National Smooth Jazz Awards will be presented on US national television thanks to BET and BET On Jazz cable networks.

In the last three years, the Smooth Jazz Awards has evolved into the premiere jazz event featuring well over thirty musical artists coming together on one stage to honor the very best of the past year. Two special television presentations will be offered on the BET Networks including a two-hour feature on BET On Jazz and the one-hour special on BET's Sunday Jazz Brunch to an estimated 50 million subscribers nationwide in more than 250 markets.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Sunday, May 26, 2002 - 11:30am EST/8:30am PST
(BET and BET On Jazz 1-hour special)

Sunday, May 26, 2002 - 8:00pm EST/5:00pm PST-BET On Jazz
Sunday, May 26, 2002 - 12:00mid EST/9:00pm PST-BET On Jazz

June (TBA), 2002 - 11:30am EST/8:30am PST-BET On Jazz
June (TBA), 2002 - 8:00pm EST/5:00pm PST-BET On Jazz
June (TBA), 2002 - 12:00mid EST/9:00pm PST-BET On Jazz

July (TBA), 2002 - 11:30am EST/8:30am PST-BET On Jazz
July (TBA), 2002 - 8:00pm EST/5:00pm PST-BET On Jazz
July (TBA), 2002 - 12:00mid EST/9:00pm PST-BET On Jazz

For more information, contact Len Balistreri at (818) 316-3355. -- Tony Colera, Executive Producer, Smooth Jazz Awards



Mumbai glitter for New York show

Voting has begun to decide which stars get the ZBollywood awards this year. A lavish awards event is planned in New York on June 29.

The fourth annual Bollywood Awards event is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, at the Nassau Coliseum, New York. "It promises to be unlike any other live Bollywood stage performance in history," says Neil Prashad, Vice-President of Bollywood Awards Inc and topmost executive of the Steven Seagal management team.

Leading Indian film stars and mainstream American stars will be on stage. Neil Prashad says this is a "great way for non-resident Indians to ... connect between their present environment and their roots."

With the simultaneous release of Hindi films all over the US and UK, NRIs now account for a significant portion of Indian film revenues.

Fans can nominate their favourites on the Bollywood Group's official web site.

Opus Planet is the event management team and the directors of the Bollywood Awards.

Bob Dylan festival

The Bob Dylan & Michel Montecrossa Fest 2002: Michel Montecrossa and his band The Chosen Few will play Bob Dylan songs on Friday May 24 (Bob Dylan's birthday) and Michel Montecrossa songs on Saturday 25 May in the Omnidiet Music Hall in Mirapuri, Italy. -- Usha Voss

Published on 22 April 2002



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