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Spring 2004

Thursday, February 19, 2004
Words of Hope

To many, the Holocaust seems unrelated to life in a new century, but Anne Frank's voice speaks across the years with personality and spark in a teenager’s language. Reintroduce yourself to this extraordinary young woman whose determined desire to become a writer survived the worst of circumstances. Actors from The Rep will present excerpts from The Diary of Anne Frank.

Panelists: Paul Fleming
Assistant Principal, Martin Luther King Magnet High School
David Grapes, Producing Artistic Director, Tennessee Repertory Theatre

Helmut Smith
Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

Copies of “The Holocaust and Other Genocides” edited by Helmut Walser Smith in association with William James Booth, Penelope H. Brooks, Joel Dark, Paul B. Fleming, Ernest Freudenthal, Jay Geller, Sue Chaney Gilmore, Teresa A. Goddu, Peter Haas, Sonja Maria Hedgepeth, David Allan Patterson, Gary A. Phillips, Margaret Vandiver, and Meike G. Werner will be on sale in the lobby by the Vanderbilt University Press after the program.

Thursday, March 18, 2004
Strauss Wilde for Salome

100 years ago, Richard Strauss took a walk on the Wilde side when he transformed Oscar Wilde's Salome—the text of which features the attempted seduction of John the Baptist—into opera. Both Wilde and Strauss were criticized widely for unconventionality in their works. To this day, Salome continues to be a source of philosophical, theological, and artistic debate. The Nashville Opera’s artistic director

Panelist: John Hoomes
Artist Director, Nashville Opera

Gayle Shay
Director, Vanderbilt Opera Theatre

Thursday, April 15, 2004
Appalachian Celebration

Join Blair musicians for a celebration of southern musical traditions, as they explore the roots of one of America's most popular folk art forms. It's a down home lunchtime as the musicians discuss the history of Appalachian music and demonstrate some of the instruments developed specifically for the sound. They'll even pick a few tunes you're sure to remember. 

Moderator: Jim Lovensheimer, Senior Lecturer of Musicology 
Dean of the Blair School of Music.

Butch Baldassari
Adjunct Associate Professor of Mandolin, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University 

David Schnaufer
Associate Professor of Dulcimer, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University

Bobby Taylor
Associate Professor of Oboe, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University