Ahn Trio and Synergy Brass Announce Summer Music Programs at San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Chamber Music Festival, August 1 - 16

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Master Classes for String, Piano and Brass students are being offered as part of the 31st Annual Chamber Music Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Students will attend daily classes with the Ahn Trio or Synergy Brass Quintet as well as classes presented by groups performing in the Festival. Opportunities will also be given to perform at various venues in the colonial town of San Miguel.

It's a big value with housing included at just $2,000.00 for sixteen nights

"Two top international groups who represent the leading-edge of chamber music in today's world have agreed to head a group of twenty advanced music students each at the San Miguel Chamber Music Festival during the first two weeks of August," announced Camie Sands, Director of the festival. "The selected students will receive the benefit of instruction in string and piano with the Ahn Trio and in horns with the Synergy Brass Quintet."

Students will also attend master classes by all of the festival's professional groups such as the Amernet, Borromeo, Jupiter and Miami String Quartets. The students are invited to attend all professional concerts, and more than that, to have the chance to play in public places in this UNESCO World Heritage city, as well as in the Angela Peralta Theater - which has been called a perfect setting for chamber music. "It's a big value with housing included at just $2,000.00 for sixteen nights," said Sands.

Both the Ahn Trio http://www.ahntrio.com and Synergy Brass Quintet http://www.synergyquintet.com were featured artists during last August's 2008 30th San Miguel Chamber Music Festival. "The city is a perfect size and setting for teaching a group of students in association with this world-class chamber music festival," said Bobby Thorp of Synergy Brass Quintet. "It's a small city, easy to navigate on foot, by two-dollar taxis, and everyone was so friendly to us. We really look forward to being there with a student program. It's going to be fun."

"Students will have the benefit of being in host-homes or small hostels which will be helpful to them and make them more a part of the family of this cultural town," Sands noted. "And, the San Miguel Tourism Council is also making special rates on hotels so family or friends of students can come along and enjoy the entire festival." Participating hotels can be found on the website.

More information on the programs and application instructions can be found on the festival website: http://www.festivalsanmiguel.com. All final selections of student groups and individual students will be the decision of the Ahn Trio for string and piano students, and Synergy Brass Quintet for horn players. "I want all interested students and parents to know that San Miguel has no perceptible crime, and is not near the area that U.S. media is blanketing with news about a 'drug war'. Leon International Airport serves San Miguel which is in central Mexico, and this area's residents and tourists are not being affected by boarder-town or some costal town drug crime problems as reported."

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