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The pianist Music Island audiences know as “Benito Flores” to make North American premiere through Music Island connection

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Alessandro Marangoni, (SL Benito Flores) will be appearing next October 2010 for his North American debut, opening a prestigious Toronto chamber series with a solo recital.

His talent is fundamentally what fueled this successful step along his career path. His affable concerts, love of Second Life and effective links between his RL and Second Life careers all made this possible.

About a year ago, Toronto Star critic, John Terauds gave Alessandro’s new Rossini CD a rave review. I sought John out at a concert he was attending as a critic and told him of Alessandro’s “secret identity” as a Second Life performer. After a series of emails back and forth, John was able to attend a Second Life performance (albeit not Benito’s) and he wrote a great little article about music in Second Life. Benito was able to connect with him via telephone to give him his thoughts about SL music.

This was the beginnings of an idea for a series of concerts here in North America. Well we are still looking for additional activity, I have two contracts in hand for Benito (Alessandro), enough to build on.

I hope that this success inspires other Second Life musicians to make connections between Second Life and first life careers.