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Michael Kurek’s ‘The Sea Knows’ tops Billboard classical charts

Jul. 28, 2017—Composition professor Michael Kurek’s new album The Sea Knows has held the top position on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart for three weeks, since its July 14 release. It debuted at No. 4 on the overall Top Classical Albums chart, dropping to No. 5 in its second and third weeks. In addition, Serenade for Violoncello...

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Composer Michael Kurek signs with Parma Recordings

Sep. 8, 2016—Michael Kurek, associate professor of composition at the Blair School, has joined the roster of PARMA Recordings artists. PARMA will release its first album of Kurek’s works for chamber and large ensembles in 2017. The New Hampshire-based PARMA specializes in orchestral, chamber, choral and commercial recording, as well as distribution, product design, strategic marketing and...

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New course alert! Guitarist Dave MacKenzie surveys pre-WWII Blues recordings

Jul. 22, 2013—Acclaimed Nashville guitarist Dave MacKenzie joins the Blair School’s faculty this fall with a new course for our adult students. “Pre-World War II Blues Recordings: An Aural and Visual Survey” will explore early examples of the genre. Students will listen to 200-300 recordings made between 1920-1942, encompassing every major African-American style of blues, urban, and...

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