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Billy Joel to debut concerto at N.C. festival

Work from 2001 classical album will be played at Greensboro event
/ Source: The Associated Press

A concerto drawn from Billy Joel’s 2001 classical album, “Fantasies & Delusions,” will debut in June at the Eastern Music Festival.

Jeffrey Biegel, who arranged the piano section at Joel’s request, will perform the “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” on June 24 with the EMF faculty orchestra.

Stuart Malina, who shared a 2003 Tony Award with Joel for the hit Broadway musical “Movin’ Out,” will conduct. Malina, who leads the symphony in Harrisburg, Pa., is the former music director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

“With a piece like this and an artist like this, it is a huge deal for us,” said EMF President and CEO Tom Philion.

Philion said he and Biegel discussed the concerto months ago, but he expected the piece to premiere somewhere else.

“As the months wore on, it became apparent that we were going to be first,” Philion said.