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Blair Reunion Weekend 2018

Wednesday, October 10

Guest performance by pianist Joel Schoenhals, BMus’94

8:00 p.m., Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall

Joel Schoenhals, a 1994 Blair graduate who studied with Craig Nies and Enid Katahn, is a professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University and a foreign expert at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei, China. He’ll present an all-Brahms program consisting of the composer’s last twenty piano pieces—Op. 116, Op. 117, Op. 118, and Op. 119.

Friday, October 12

"The Other Music City:" Musical Communities in the Shadows of Country Music    

Faculty lecture by Robert Fry, Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature, Blair School of Music
2:30–3:30 p.m., Sarratt Student Center, 325/327

For many visitors to Nashville, the only music heard is in the honky tonks of Lower Broadway. However, the city is full of immigrant and refugee musical communities that are largely erased from the Music City brand. Learn how these traditions exist in the city and within the shadow of country music, and about recent attempts by tourist sites and the local government to broaden the city’s music brand. 

Learn more about Robert Fry.

Saturday, October 13

Blair Alumni Reunion Brunch

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Ingram Lobby

Join fellow alumni and faculty for our annual alumni brunch. All Blair alumni are welcome to attend, regardless of their reunion year! This event is complimentary for Blair alumni and their guests.

Hosted by the Blair Office of Alumni Relations. 

R.S.V.P. by October 4 to addie.sullivan@vanderbilt.edu 

Guest performance by bassist George Speed, BMus'97

3:00 p.m., Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall

Bassist George Speed, a 1997 graduate of the Blair School, returns for a solo recital. Currently principal bassist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and an associate professor at the Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University, Speed studied with Edgar Meyer while at Blair. His program will feature works from his debut CD, including pieces by Vivaldi, Bottesini, and Teppo Hauta-aho.

Presented with gratitude to the parents of a Blair School student for their generous support