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AFRICAN-AMERICAN CLARINETIST SELECTED TO PERFORM AT INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL IN SOUTH AFRICA

4/12/2011, 4:38 p.m.

Via Press Release

Clarinetist, Marcus Eley, has received a coveted invitation to perform two recitals on the main program at the prestigious National Arts Festivals in South Africa. He was chosen from out of scores of applicants from around the world. The National Arts Festival is considered the second largest arts festival in the world after the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. It takes places annually in the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown. This year's event takes place from July 2-11.

"I can't believe I have been selected to perform on this world stage. I am proud to represent Los Angeles and my country." Eley said. Ismail Mahomed, Festival Director, "Marcus Eley's programme is . . . of special interest to us specifically because (we) plan to spotlight the work of Africans in the Diaspora. We are keen to host an artist like Marcus to our festival." Eley adds, "I am looking to forward to sharing my craft and embracing the multitude of artistic expressions of Africa. This will be a once in a lifetime experience. The Arts Festival provides a great forum." The repertoire on Eley's recital features the music of African-American composers for clarinet and piano.

Marcus is no stranger to the international stage. He has performed as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the National Army Military Band of the People's Republic of China (Beijing), plus numerous recitals and masterclasses in the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. In the United States, he has performed as soloist with the Indianapolis and Louisville orchestras, several times in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, a performance at The White House, radio broadcasts on KUSC and WFMT, as well as a recording, "Welcome Home: A Collection of Works by American Composers for Clarinet and Piano".

In addition to Eley's participation in the National Arts Festival, other performances and presentations are planned in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Soweto.