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Local music industry fuels expansion of jazz at Blair

Jul. 8, 2016—Nashville’s moniker “Music City” accurately reflects the proliferation of stellar musicians in town who play all types of music. At Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Ryan Middagh, director of Blair’s jazz studies program, is taking advantage of Nashville’s place at the center of the music industry, using his ties to local musicians to push the...

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The fall 2015 production of Bernstein’s “Mass” exemplifies how Blair’s precollege and college programs build off each other

Jul. 8, 2016—By Bonnie Arant Ertelt, Photos by Daniel Dubois Mass takes place when the show’s lead character, the Celebrant, snaps, giving in to forces that make him question his faith. After a moment of uncomfortable silence, two children in his flock approach him, and through their innocence, begin to restore his faith in humanity. This is,...

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Salute springtime at A Celtic Celebration, April 16

Apr. 7, 2016—The Blair School is ringing in spring with A Celtic Celebration! With lots of toe-tapping traditional fiddle music, including the guitar expertise of Canadian Grammy-winning songwriter Gordie Sampson (“Jesus Take the Wheel”), it will be a night to celebrate Scottish, Canadian and Irish culture. The party will continue with Irish band Nosey Flinn (singer Sean...

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Nashville Jazz Composers Collective spotlights Ken Vandermark & Made to Break, and Nashville School of the Arts Big Band, 7 p.m. April 8

Apr. 5, 2016—An Evening With Jeff Coffin & the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective Featuring: MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient Ken Vandermark & Made to Break and Nashville of the Arts Big Band 7p.m. Friday, April 8, Ingram Hall Tickets: $15 general admission; $5 for students with ID; free for Vanderbilt students with ID Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity...

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A Conversation with alumnus Michael Rinne, B.Mus. ’10

Apr. 4, 2016—Assistant Director of Admissions Molly Jewell had the pleasure recently of catching up with Blair School of Music alumnus Michael Rinne (B.Mus. ’10), an in-demand bass player. Rinne stopped in on a day off from touring with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Rinne’s days are booked from beginning to end, with rehearsals, practice, recording and...

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Vanderbilt Musicologists Honored by Society for American Music

Mar. 30, 2016—Three musicologists affiliated with the Blair School of Music received honors at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Society for American Music held in Cambridge, MA, March 9-13. Dale Cockrell, Professor of Musicology (Emeritus), received the Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of his pioneering scholarship—propelled by intellectual innovation, remarkable breadth, and a deep sensitivity for...

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Tucker Biddlecombe, Director of Choral Activities, named interim director of Nashville Symphony Chorus

Mar. 28, 2016—The Nashville Symphony has announced that Dr. Tucker Biddlecombe, Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, will take over as Interim Director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus in July. Biddlecombe assumes leadership of the chorus from current Director Kelly Corcoran, who will step down from her post following...

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Vanderbilt Percussion Group performs March 20 at Blair, April 1 at Frist Center

Mar. 18, 2016—Vanderbilt Percussion Group is the Blair School of Music percussion studio’s premier performing ensemble, directed by Ji Hye Jung. VPG’s repertoire includes contemporary works for unconducted chamber percussion ensemble. VPG’s spring program includes music that resonates with listeners from all backgrounds, with styles ranging from classical to jazz to R&B and tango. The concert features...

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

Mar. 18, 2016—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...

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

Mar. 17, 2016—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...

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