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J4 to perform at benefit concert for local music students

along with Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett High School orchestras and
world renowned violinist Benedict Goodfriend

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (March 26, 2009) – National television finalists J4 and local high school orchestras from Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett will join world renowned violinist Benedict Goodfriend at a benefit concert this Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel on the Milligan College.

The concert is presented by the Appalachian Classical Music Association (ACMA) and is a benefit concert for music students in the Tri-Cities. The concert is the culmination of Saturday’s ACMA Music Camp Classic, a one-day mini-camp of musical workshops and master classes conducted by distinguished faculty.

J4, the four siblings from Bluff City, Tennessee, who are finalists in the CBS Early Show’s “Singing Family Face-Off” competition, are long-time members of the ACMA and currently serve on their student advisory board. J4 performed their final song for the competition on Wednesday and votes are currently being accepted online at www.cbsnews.com/earlyshow. They will find out April 1 whether they have been awarded a recording contract with CBS records.

Violinist Goodfriend will headline Saturday’s concert. Goodfriend is a nationally acclaimed member of the Kandinsky Trio, which has established itself as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles. The trio, which is currently in Residency at Virginia’s Roanoke College, is one of only six piano trios to win the Chamber Music America Residency Award. He has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician and has received critical acclaim for his performances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Jordan and Symphony Hall in Boston, Cincinnati’s Arnoff Center, and many others.

Also, taking part in the concert, which is free and open to the public, will be the orchestras from Johnson City’s Science Hill and Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett high schools.

Based in East Tennessee, ACMA seeks to promote recreational and competitive musical arts in the Appalachian region through education, instruction, and training of young musicians interested in developing and improving their capabilities in music.

The performance is free and open to the public. More information is available atwww.appalachianclassicalmusic.org or by contacting Ivy Blair, director of the nonprofit organization, at 423.547.0573.

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