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Communique: Wilmington Music Festival | November 9, 10,16

WHQR | Gina Gambony | The Wilmington Music Festival brings an impressive array of musicians together this year: Violinist Igor Pikayzen; pianists Joel A. Martin, Barry Salwen, and Aza Sydykov; tenor Michael Rallis, and soprano Nikoleta Rallis. Read more


First Family of Opera

Wrightsville Beach Magazine | Simon Gonzalez | In its second year, the Wilmington Music Festival expands into a three-concert series and celebrates a partnership with the University of North Carolina Wilmington Nikoleta and Aza are immersed in the New York opera scene, but she hasn't forgotten her roots.  Last year, the couple inaugurated the Wilmington Music Festival, a nonprofit arts organization designed to promote the music they love through performance and education.  "I wanted to give back to my hometown," she says.  "I love it here, and I love the people here.  I felt like I had something to offer." Read more


Seeds of Wilmington Music Festival Planted at Thalian Hall

Musical America | Ken Hoover | "To top off the evening, everyone who had appeared on the program came back on stage for a rousing performance of "Funiculi, Funicula."  Let's go up to the top, the song is saying.  Perhaps it is the music that will take us up to the top of the mountain.  Perhaps the music will inspire another Wilmington Music Festival and another and .... Read more


Music Festival offers classics and more

StarNews | Ben Steelman | An array of classical singers and instrumentalists will take the main stage of Thalian Hall on Saturday for the opening gala of the Wilmington Music Festival.  And that's not all. Organizers hope the festival will become an annual, and much larger event. Read more


Wilmington Music Festival features classical luminaries both local and international

StarNews | Ben Steelman | In its second year, the Wilmington Music Festival expands into a three-concert series and celebrates a partnership with the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Read more


Students at Snipes Academy get preview of new Wilmington Music Festival

WECT-TV | "They love seeing the performers, and they love to make those connections," said Christa Faison, music teacher for general music, strings, and chorus. "Especially with my strings students, because right now, they're currently on their box violins. "Wilmington Music Festival is a newly established organization in Wilmington," said Nikoleta Rallis, President of Wilmington Music Festival. "A big part of our mission is to present educational and community outreach." Read more


Communique: Wilmington Music Fest Premieres

WHQR | Gina Gambony | The new Wilmington Music Festival presents its premiere concert at Thalian Hall.  The Wilmington Music Festival Gala features 10 musicians- violinists, pianists, vocalists-bring classical, operatic and Broadway music to the stage. Read more

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Former Wrightsville Beach Resident Gives Back Through Music

Wrightsville Beach Magazine | Simon Gonzalez | "Wilmington and the area is such a special place," she says.  "I feel lucky to have been brought up in a place with so many cultural influences.  I want to give back to the town that's given so much to me."  Rallis and Sydykov founded the Wilmington Music Festival as a means to promote the arts." Read more

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