Oranjestad, Aruba — May 10, 2007 – In addition to the sounds of breaking waves and ocean breezes, the lilting tune of a piano will romance the shores of the island of Aruba during the Second Annual Aruba Piano Festival from September 27-30, 2007. Throughout the festival, internationally acclaimed musicians will present three professional recitals, including a solo piano performance, a classical trio and a jazz quartet. However, this festival isn’t only for the pros, amateur talents are invited to take part in master classes, workshops and a piano competition. All festival activities will take place in some of Aruba’s most beautiful cultural locations: Aruba’s Concert Hall, Exposition Hall, National Library, and a local art gallery.

See below for some of the highlights of the upcoming Aruba Piano Festival:

Piano-Violin-Cello Trio Performance – Thursday, September 27
Gerardo Vila, along with Simón Gollo and Horacio Contreras, will delight audiences with a classical trio performance sure to sooth and relax islanders and tourists after a busy day of enjoying the sunshine. Vila is a world-renowned pianist, bringing the sound of his native Argentina to countries around the globe. When he isn’t touring, he teaches professional classes at the Music Conservatory in Neuchatel in Switzerland.

Classical Piano Recital – Friday, September 28
Alan Weiss, an incomparable American pianist, is a master of various piano techniques and styles, hailed as “one of the outstanding pianists of his generation” by legendary Czech pianist, Rudolf Firkušný. He is also a celebrated and sought-out teacher who has helped shape the next generation of classical pianists.

Randal Corsen Quartet
– Sunday, September 30
Randal Corsen is best known for blending Jazz with influences from classical, Antillean and Latin American music. This native of Curaçao is a musician and composer and has collaborated with some of the most prominent jazz musicians from around the world.

Master Classes and Workshops – Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30
The Aruba Piano Festival musicians will take a break from their performance schedules to share some of their knowledge and skills with those looking to fine-tune their musical abilities. These classes are offered in a variety of languages and are available free of charge.

Piano Competition – Preliminaries, Saturday, September 29; Final Competition, Sunday, September 30
The competition is available to all amateur piano players and is divided into three age categories: eight to 12, 13 to 17, and 18 and over. Please visit the website for a full list of rules and to fill out an application form.

For more information about the 2007 Aruba Piano Festival, visit www.arubapianofestival.com.

For more information about Aruba, please call 1.800.TO.ARUBA or visit online at www.aruba.com.

Aruba, where happiness lives, is truly a vacationer’s paradise. Located only two-and-a-half hours by air from Miami and four hours from New York City, the island is ideally situated outside the southern fringes of the hurricane belt and boasts year-round cooling trade winds and perfect weather with average annual temperatures of 82 Fahrenheit and less than 20 inches of rainfall per year. Aruba serves up 27 luxurious hotels/resorts, championship golf courses, sumptuous spas, vibrant casinos, extraordinary international cuisine, exclusive shops and boutiques, exciting land and water activities, unique cultural to-dos, world-famous music festivals and events and more. The backdrop of a pristine tropical escape coupled with the unforgettable hospitality of the islands people keep Aruba’s first-time guests delighted and its repeat visitor rate at 40%, the highest of any Caribbean destination. For more information on planning a trip to Aruba, contact the Aruba Tourism Authority at 1-800-TO-ARUBA or visit www.aruba.com.

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