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Comic opera ‘Speed Dating Tonight!’ March 19 at Blair, March 28 at City Winery

Following its grand-scale fall production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Vanderbilt Opera Theatre returns with a change of pace. Written in 2013 by American composer Michael Ching, Speed Dating Tonight! is an immersive, interactive comic opera in one act about ordinary people looking for love in a post-millennial world. This intimate, character-driven show, set in a…

Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016 in , , , ,

Novelist Julian Barnes and pianist Angela Hewitt in residence March 23-25

Booker Prize-winning novelist Julian Barnes and highly acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt join forces for an exciting musical and literary residency at the Blair School March 23-25. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to see two such important and esteemed artists from different disciplines on the same stage. It will be an unforgettable week of prose…

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 in , , , ,

Precollege panel discussion: The Challenge of Practicing, Feb. 21

Join us for a precollege panel discussion: The Challenge of Practicing — Tips for Parents, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, Room 2192 at Blair. It’s something almost all parents of young musicians struggle with: How do you help your child build good practice habits, stay motivated, and practice his or her instrument effectively? Blair faculty…

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 in , , ,

A Conversation with Guitar Virtuoso Robben Ford, Feb. 2

UPDATE: For those who are not able to attend this evening’s Conversation with Robben Ford in person, the event will also be streamed live online starting at 8 p.m. CST. The feed may be viewed via our streaming site in the Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall window. On Tuesday, February 2, at 8 p.m.,…

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in , , ,

Bassist Felix Pastorius joins Blair Big Band and Jazz Choir, Dec. 3-4

Felix Pastorius, acclaimed jazz bassist, member of the Yellowjackets and Hipster Assassins and son of late jazz legend Jaco Pastorius, will perform with the Blair Big Band and Blair Jazz Choir on their season-ending concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in Ingram Hall. Saxophonist Jeff Coffin, the newest member of Blair’s jazz faculty, will also perform….

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 in , , ,

Bang on a Can All-Stars visit Blair for master class Nov. 19

While in Nashville to perform Julia Wolfe’s acclaimed “Steel Hammer” at OZ Arts Nashville this weekend, Bang on a Can All-Stars will visit Blair for a chamber music master class. The class will take place from 12:20-2:25 p.m. Thursday, November 19, in Instrumental Rehearsal Hall. Participation in the class is limited to Blair students by…

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in , , ,

Estrella Consort, saxophone quartet, visits Blair Nov. 16

The Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet founded at Arizona State University, will visit the Blair School on Monday, November 16, for a mini-concert and master class with Blair’s saxophone students. The recital runs 1:10-2 p.m. in Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall, and the master class runs 2:10-3:20 p.m. in Choral Hall. Both events are…

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in

Trumpeter Jens Lindemann at Blair Oct. 30

Trumpeter Jens Lindemann is hailed as one of the most celebrated soloists in his instrument’s history and was recently named “International Brass Personality of the Year” (Brass Herald). He has played in every major concert venue in the world, from the Philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, London, and Berlin to Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and…

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 in , , ,

Blair School unveils the Kraus Collection, Oct. 24

On October 24, immediately following the Blair String Quartet’s performance in Ingram Hall, the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University will formally unveil the Kraus Collection, a set of five music-themed paintings by noted artist Harold Kraus. The collection includes “Splendid Pipes,” a new work by Kraus that depicts the Blair School’s new Dobson…

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015 in , , , , ,

Student tickets available for novelist Jonathan Franzen, Sept. 23

Novelist Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and Freedom, will speak at the Blair School’s Ingram, Hall on Wednesday, September 23, talking about his new novel, Purity. Tickets are $33.50, which includes a copy of the book. Tickets are available through the Salon@615 website. Discounted student tickets are available for just $5, and the ticket…

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