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Spring 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009
A Discussion of Darwin in Malibu
TPAC’s Polk Theater

Join moderator Rene Copeland, Producing Artistic Director for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre and panelist, Lenn E. Goodman, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University as they explore the themes in the Rep's upcoming production-- Darwin in Malibu. 

The play is set 100 years after Darwin's death and finds Charles Darwin hanging out in a beach house overlooking the Pacific with his girlfriend, a woman young enough to be his daughter. His peace is rudely disturbed when his old friend Thomas Huxley washes up on the beach closely followed by the Bishop of Oxford. A lively and thought-provoking comedy ensues around the ongoing debate about God and science.


Thursday, March 19, 2009
Blair Big Band and the Nashville Jazz Orchestra
TPAC’s Polk Theater

Join Nashville Jazz Orchestra Director and first-class trumpeter Jim Williamson – and Blair Jazz Studies and Blair Big Band Director Billy Adair for a preview of the musical celebrations they have planned for National Jazz Appreciation Month (April). NJO will host the fourth annual “Writer’s Night” at Blair School of Music in April, while the Blair Big Band will perform a swinging spring concert to ring in the Vanderbilt version for the nation-wide commemorations of this original American art form. They will bring a taste of their musical styles with a few guest artists to demonstrate and preview the concerts, and offer their perspectives on the art of jazz composition, performance and study.