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Young Musicians from Around the World Set to Compete at Third Annual Dallas International Piano Competition, March 11-14, 2015

Dallas, TEXAS (PRWEB) March 02, 2015

Nineteen young pianists from nine different countries will come to Dallas March 11-14, 2015 to participate in the third-annual Dallas International Piano Competition hosted by the Dallas Chamber Symphony. The four-day event will be held at Southern Methodist Universitys Caruth Auditorium, and will consist of three rounds of competition before a distinguished international jury panel, as well as expert training and career-building guidance. The entire event is open to the public but advance purchase of passes is required. Attendees have the option of purchasing a one-day access pass for $ 15 or a four-day access pass for $ 35. Visit for more information and to purchase passes.

This year marks a new milestone for the competition as it has attracted a record number of applicants, including students and graduates from all of the top universities and conservatories in the country, says Richard McKay, Artistic Director of the Dallas Chamber Symphony. We are so pleased to be welcoming more international participants this year than ever before.

The First Prize Winner of the Dallas International Piano Competition will perform a piano concerto with the Dallas Chamber Symphony during the 2015-16 season at City Performance Hall in downtown Dallas, bringing widespread recognition to launch the career of an aspiring artist. Additional winners will receive cash prizes. The event is a community partnership between the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Metroplex Piano Warehouse is a major sponsor of this years competition, providing two of their top-of-the-line, hand-built, Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Pianos for the competition rounds in Caruth Auditorium.

All competition rounds and master classes are open to the public with the purchase of a one-day or four-day access pass. Audience members can expect to see contestants interact with jury members, who may interrupt the competition rounds to request to hear different passages of each contestants solo and concerto repertoire, in accordance with the competition rules and regulations. Judges score the contestants by ballot, and results are announced after each round. A public reception will be held in Bob Hope Lobby, just outside of Caruth Auditorium, following each round, where pianists and audience members can meet and mingle while awaiting results. Final results are announced immediately following Finals, on Saturday, March 14, at which time the winner will perform a solo recital.

The events jury panel includes: David Korevaar, a renowned pedagogue at the University of Colorado at Boulder and extensively recorded performing artist; Ran Dank, who received First Prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and is also a laureate of the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition; and Marina Lomazov, Professor of Piano at the University of South Carolina School of Music where she is Founder and Artistic Director of the Southeastern Piano Festival. The faculty for the events Master Classes will include celebrated performers and Meadows Faculty Alessio Bax, Joaquin Achurarro and Dr. Carol Leone.

Competition Details:

Dallas International Piano Competition hosted by The Dallas Chamber Symphony

March 11 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Public Master Class with Alessio Bax

March 12 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Quarterfinals with public reception following

March 13 9:00 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Semifinals with public reception following

March 13 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Public Master Class with Dr. Carol Leone

March 14 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Public Master Class with Joaquin Achucarro

March 14 5-8 p.m. Finals, Public Reception, Award Ceremony and Winners Recital

Caruth Auditorium SMUs Meadows School of the Arts, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas Texas, 75205

$ 15 for one-day pass, $ 35 for four-day pass. Free for students. Open seating for all rounds. Purchase tickets at


Named Best of Big D 2014 by D Magazine, and Best Classical Music Addition 2013 by the Dallas Observer, the Dallas Chamber Symphony is one of the most exciting and innovative professional performance ensembles in North Texas. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, it is comprised of 40 musicians, all dedicated to performing a balance of programs that include underrepresented and standard repertory, contemporary music, staged works, and pieces with extra-musical elements, such as film, actors, and dancers.

The DCS performs at the gorgeous new City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District, and provides educational and community programming, including an annual International Piano Competition at SMU, field-trip concerts for area school districts, and Sight of Sound, an annual International Film Competition. For more information, visit

About the Meadows School of the Arts

The Division of Music in the Meadows School of the Arts is a professional, comprehensive masters institution devoted to the advancement of music performance and scholarship, to the preparation of the next generation of music professionals, and to service in the artistic life of our community, our nation, and the world.

The approximately 300 students in the Meadows Division of Music pursue a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree options, including the Bachelor of Music degree (professional focus), the Bachelor of Music Education degree (teacher preparation focus), the Bachelor of Arts degree (liberal arts focus), the Master of Music degree (professional focus, advanced studies), the Performers Diploma and Artist Diploma (elite performance focus). All degrees and diplomas offered by the Division of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Health Beauty Life Magazine to Hit Newsstands

Oceanside, CA (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

Health Beauty Life Media, the rising star of interactive media, is proud to announce that the spring issue of Health Beauty Life magazine will hit newsstands April 14, 2015.

The spring edition of the magazine showcases former Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) dancer Karina Smirnoff on the cover with an in depth feature inside of the publication. Taking place in her fabulous Hollywood Hills home, Health Beauty Life editors chat with Karina about her life, her success and her go-to beauty tips. Also in this issue, look for a fun travel section highlighting Niagara Falls and Los Angeles Terranea Resort. Go across the pond for interviews with top U.K. style bloggers and cook up some Paleo-friendly grub with celebrity chef and healthy eating expert, Daniel Green.

Exploring trends in celebrity, food, beauty & fashion, health & fitness, travel, and lifestyle, each issue of the magazine includes a mix of exclusive interviews, healthy and delicious cooking with some of the worlds finest chefs, beauty and fashion tips, and destination travel.

In addition to distribution to high-end salons, medical practitioners and through select Whole Foods outlets, the spring issue of Health Beauty Life magazine will also be available nationwide at Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million retailers.

Barnes & Noble currently operates 674 bookstores in 50 states and the District of Columbia with an additional 692 college bookstores at colleges and universities across the United States.

Books-A-Million is the second largest book retailer in the nation with over 250 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. A glossy 100-page publication, Health Beauty Life magazine retails in all outlets for $ 4.99.

About Patrick Dockry

Publisher, Executive Producer and Host, Patrick Dockry oversees the growing brand of Health Beauty Life, with media outlets including print, online and television.

About Health Beauty Life

Health Beauty Life magazine explores trends in celebrity, food, beauty & fashion, health & fitness, travel, and lifestyle. Each quarterly issue includes a signature mix of exclusive interviews, noteworthy lifestyle explorations, healthy cuisine, beauty tips, and getaway destinations.

Health Beauty Life magazine is nationally distributed in print with interactive QR coded articles and available globally through

Health Beauty Life TV is a nationally broadcast series currently wrapping up its 5th and final season on WeTV.

For more information about Health Beauty Life magazine or Health Beauty Life TV, please visit

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Career Step Nationally Endorsed on The Dave Ramsey Show

Provo, Utah (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

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We are very excited about the opportunity to be featured on The Dave Ramsey Show, said Career Step President and CEO Steve Tober. Our low tuition rates coupled with programs that are in the fastest growing sectors make it possible for our learners to get the education needed to secure a better job without incurring debt. Our training programs are an excellent fit for Daves listeners, many of whom are looking for cost-effective ways to improve their financial situations. Affordable education is something we are incredibly passionate about, and we are thrilled to be teaming up with The Dave Ramsey Show to further publish that message.

Career Step and The Dave Ramsey Show promote many of the same ideals; namely, limiting debt and choosing results-oriented investments. In Career Steps case, these ideals are specific to higher education. Career Step focuses on helping students graduate debt free by offering affordable tuition rates in line with career earning potential. Career Steps programs are also built to ensure students make the most of their investment by teaching the specific skills employers require so they are able to find a job and start working immediately following the completion of their program.

Career Steps education model is incredibly practical, said Career Step Vice President of Enrollments and Marketing Ryan Ewer. Our goal, each and every day, is to prepare students for the workforcedelivering affordable programs that can be completed in less than a year. We want our learners to gain the knowledge and skills they need to get a job and start earning a good wage so they can better support themselves and their families. This is squarely aligned with Daves message, which is why we are so excited to be part of his show.

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ImageIt begins. The first couple of weeks of college have, perhaps predictably, been difficult. The dentistry’s taken care of, at least for the moment, but there’s been a horrible cold going around, bad enough to keep me out of college for two days feeling miserable, and rob me of a nice weekend. But the upside is that I’m back, although still not feeling great, and come the 18th I’ll be running for election as student LGBT officer.

I already know the post’s going to be contested, so unlike the leader of Glasgow City Council (who sees fit to send me flyers about it) I won’t be running unopposed and get in automatically. Those who know me know that I have a wicked competitive streak, so it’s certainly tempting to wheel out the deranged bloodlust and vow to make a sandwich spread of the crushed spines of my enemies. But I’m not going to, on something vaguely approaching principle. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a bunch of (largely) teenagers and tell them why you think you’re awesome enough that they should support you. So anyone who does that has my admiration to a certain extent. I’m fairly certain most, if not all, of the candidates for the various posts will be younger than I am, and they cared enough to run for them instead of just doing joyriding or flavour crystal meth or dubstep or whatever it is the kids do these days. That’s awesome.

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Thy Venom’d Stang

Well, of course I was going to pay for my arrogance, wasn’t I? I have three and a half hours before I have to leave for my first day at Langside, and for the past week or so I’ve been having progressively worse toothache. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom teeth, general neglect, or both, but the entire right side of my face hurts like a bastard, as well as my throat. It’s not swollen or anything, I just look like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. That’s about how I feel, too.

I’m just about getting by due to magical painkillers, but if it doesn’t recede on its own at least a little bit, there’s no way I can go in today. I’ll be trying to provoke neds into punching me in the face to get rid of all my teeth at once. Either that, or a complete zombie. So I’m waiting for 0830; that’s when I should be leaving, but also when the Glasgow Dental Hospital opens. If I’m not feeling any better by then, I’m making myself an appointment and not going into college until I can actually sit through a lesson or get any sleep without painkillers.


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I’m in. Now I just have to stay that way. I have a student ID card with a ludicrous photo, a small mountain of paperwork, and just under a week before my classes start. Since you didn’t ask, I’m enrolled for Highers in English, History, Psychology, Sociology and French. That’s a huge workload, complicated significantly by anxiety and having forgotten all the French I’ve ever learned.

Told you it was bad.

Of course, there’s more. There always is, with me. In a few weeks, elections for student government start. Compared to Croydon, it actually seems like it’s organised properly; affiliated to the NUS, proper positions and everything. So in keeping with my habit of getting overconfident and overextending myself, I’ve decided I’m going to stand. On the off-chance I actually win, you might be looking at the next LGBT officer. I mean, it’s not like I ever desperately wanted a position of responsibility in the past to satisfy my own insecurity and ego.

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Back to School

I have kind of a storied history with education. I went to an expensive, if second-flight, public school (public as in private, Americans) in south London, only to drop out at seventeen. I’ve always been highly-strung and weird. Highly-strung and weird and gay was not really a combination suited to that environment. Add in the pressure of A-levels, and it’s not wholly surprising. I had something like a nervous breakdown, spent what felt like six months in bed crying, and that was it.

I’ve spent basically the last five years trying to get back into education. Problem is, mental illness keeps getting in the way. My last attempt, at Croydon College, went pretty much the same. Stayed six months, and then essentially collapsed right before exams started. But, I’m either persistent or stupid, because I’m trying it again. This time at Langside College in Glasgow. Now, granted, I can cope with stuff a lot better now, and I actually have a support network in husband-shaped form. But I guess it also brings to mind an old idea; the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

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An Approximate Scot

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the mess that is the Scottish independence debate. Partly, that’s due to my own particular identity crisis. I’m half English and half Scottish, with a fair amount of Irish mixed into the Scottish side. I was born and raised in London, but most of my family are clustered around the west of Scotland. And for the past two years I’ve been living in Glasgow. That’s an uncomfortable confluence of circumstances, especially when forms ask me for my nationality and ethnicity. The first seems like an obvious ‘British’, but is that an ethnicity?

There’s a perennial thing in the British press about what, if anything, ‘Britishness’ means. For me, it’s a nebulous sort of catch-all. Am I proud to be British? Of course, history of violent colonialism and boy bands aside. I can’t really be proud to be Scottish, because until fairly recently I’d never lived here. My accent certainly marks me as English. But what’s Englishness? The playing fields of Eton? Grandmothers bicycling to church? I’m several counties and a couple of generations away from that seeming even faintly plausible. These days, ostentatious Englishness seems to be wholly the province of fat-headed racist morons and Morrissey. But I repeat myself. So fuck that, right?

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Stranger Here Myself

I can’t say I’m back by popular demand, because I’m not. Probably, on reading the tagline, a handful of people will have the same unspoken thought: “Who invited her?” I also can’t say I’m back because I had burning insights to deliver about the state of the world today, because I don’t. My name is Alex, and I have some opinions. I don’t particularly expect anyone to care much, but I’m writing them down.

I used to write a moderately successful blog about being seventeen and insane. I stopped being seventeen but kept being insane. At age 19, two years ago, I moved from London to Glasgow. I made a vague attempt to keep writing about it, and then… radio silence. I disconnected myself from the outside world; not wholly intentionally, but after a while it stops making any difference. I grew my beard, smoked a lot and wrote precious little. I did this because I don’t like people – not in the abstract, anyway. Certainly there are people I like, I’m just not very good with the species as a whole. Sometimes that means my relationships with people I care about suffer. I’m not very reliable. But I’m also 21 and (still) insane. I’m learning, and this is a part of that.

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