Contact: David Schwartz, Ph.D — 805.637.8273


Music Academy Online announces 2nd Annual FESTIVAL IN TWO WORLDS, “Virtuality,”
AUGUST 22-31, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, CA (August 22, 2008)

August 22-31, Music Academy Online will be holding its 2nd Annual Festival in Two Worlds. The 9 day event will include lecturers, performers, composers, and artists from around the world, coming together to celebrate our ability to come together. This year's theme is "Virtuality" and our featured guest is award-winning composer Amin Bhatia (Flashpoint, Queer as Folk, Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees), who has just released his latest CD, “Virtuality: A Journey Inside Your Computer.”

All events will be held in Second Life, Utwig (94, 117, 23), the home of Music Academy Online-SL. All times listed are Pacific Time Zone.

For information:
Contact Matelisse Criss or Benton Wunderlich in Second Life.
Or email us at



Friday August 22
Dr. Judith A. Eckelmeyer 1pm - Renaissance Garden
The Snout Eating Livers 2:30pm - Festival Stage
Alex Shapiro 5pm - Festival Stage

VIP Reception - Invitation Only 6:30 - Renaissance Garden
Meet the Artists - Public Welcome 7:30 - Renaissance Garden

Saturday August 23
Richard Grayson 2pm - Festival Stage
Dr. Mary Ann Clark 1:30pm - Festival Stage
Amin Bhatia “Virtuality” CD Release Party 3pm - Bolero Electronica Exhibit/Virtuality Ride
Sage Duncan 7pm - Festival Stage

Sunday August 24
Melodee McDonnell 1pm - Festival Stage
Stacey Fox 7pm - Fox Interdisciplinary Research Institute

Monday August 25
Vilhelm Balhaus 1pm - Festival Stage
Music Academy OnLive 4pm - Festival Stage

Tuesday August 26
ZeroOne Paz 11am - Festival Stage
Kourosh Eusebio 3pm - Festival Stage

Wednesday August 27
Anthony Lanman 11am - Festival Stage
Gjo Bing 4pm - Festival Stage

Thursday August 28
DnA Duo 5pm - Festival Stage
(David Weiss, oboe, Alpha H. Walker, piano)

Friday August 29
Stefania de Kenessey 2pm - Festival Stage
Gregory Hall 5pm - Festival Stage

Saturday August 30
Alessandro Marangoni 1pm - Festival Stage
Prowess Rayna 3pm - Festival Stage

Sunday August 31
The Insisters 2pm - Festival Stage
(Carey B. Hockett, cello, Alpha H. Walker, piano)
Festival Wrap Party 4pm - Bonfire

“This Festival is part of our ongoing mission, to bring together musicians, scholars, educators, orchestras and ensembles, academic and other institutions, in order to provide music lovers with a completely unique online environment in which to foster and cultivate their appreciation for music,” says Schwartz..