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2008 Fall Concert Season

Posted by on Thursday, November 20, 2008 in Fall 2008, Featured.


Below is a brief listing of a few of the featured events and favorite concerts. For more information about these and more concerts, lectures, master classes and special programs, visit the Web site Calendar of Events at


John Johns and His Lady Friends, Part Deux
Friday, September 26, 8:00 p.m., Ingram Hall
Guitarist John Johns performs with Carolyn Huebl, violin; Jane Kirchner, flute; and Kathryn Plummer, viola. Selections include works by Marais, Haydn, Paganini and Matiegka.

Craig Nies, Piano Series – The Complete 48 Preludes and Fugues: The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach
Friday, October 10, 8 p.m., Ingram Hall
Pianist Nies continues with performance No. 4 begun in 2007 of an eight-concert series celebrating the famous works.

The Blair String Quartet
Friday, November 7, 8 p.m., Ingram Hall
With Christian Teal, violin; Cornelia Heard, violin; John Kochanowski, viola; Felix Wang, cello
Sponsored by Wilma Ward in memory of Anne Potter Wilson and David K. Wilson

Vanderbilt Opera Theatre and Vanderbilt University Orchestra present Kurt Weill’s Street Scene
Friday, November 14, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 16, 2 p.m.
all shows in Ingram Hall
Fully-staged with orchestra; Gayle Shay, Stage Director; Robin Fountain, Music Director. Friday’s performance features a pre-show talk by musicologist Joy Calico. Sponsored by an anonymous friend of the Blair School

The Blair Brass Quintet
Monday, November 17, 8 p.m., Ingram Hall
With Allan Cox, trumpet; Pat Kunkee, trumpet; Leslie Norton, horn; Lawrence Borden, trombone; Gilbert Long, tuba


Christian Teal – Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach
Friday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.,
Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville
This second in a series of two very special concerts is the completion of Christian Teal’s virtuoso performance cycle for the “Sacred Space for the City Arts” series co-sponsored by Blair School and Christ Church Cathedral. THIS IS A TICKET EVENT. To purchase tickets, contact or call 615-255-7729.

Three Times Slow – Plus the Blair String Quartet
Saturday, October 4, 8 p.m.,
Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall
Guest Artist Robert Mann, composer, founder and first violist with the Juilliard String Quartet, joins the Blair String Quartet for an evening of his music and the music of Mozart.

100 years of Elliott Carter
Tuesday, November 18, 8 p.m.,
Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall
Blair proudly presents a concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter, in an all-Carter program that will also include excerpts from films by Frank Sheffer. This extraordinary guest artist concert features some of the finest performers in contemporary music: flutist Tara O’Connor, clarinetist Charles Neidich, violinist Rolf Schulte, cellist Fred Sherry and pianist Steve Gosling.

NEW FOR 2008-09

Music on Film
Sunday, January 18, 4 – 6:30 p.m., Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall
A concert each semester featuring specially selected composers captured in action on a large screen format with 5.1 surround sound technology. Introductions and discussions by Vanderbilt University Orchestra conductor Robin Fountain. Presented free of charge and open to all. The first presentation was in September.


Presented free and open to all, except where noted


This popular series returns with offerings of informal talks by favorite faculty musicologists, followed by one-hour concerts by faculty performers, plus coffee and dessert treats. New this year an earlier performance time! All Nightcap Events are sponsored by Nissan North America Inc.

Monday evenings:
7 p.m., Coffee and Dessert in Turner Lobby
8 p.m., Lecture
8:30 p.m., Performance in Steve and Judy

Turner Recital Hall

October 13 – Kathryn Plummer, viola, and Mark Wait, piano, perform two rarely heard gems of the repertoire: Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Viola and Piano in C Minor and Rochberg’s Sonata for Viola and Piano. Michael Alex Rose leads the pre-concert talk.

November 10 – Winds at Play allows the Blair Woodwind Quintet solo spots away from their colleagues. Cynthia Estill, Jane Kirchner and Cassandra Lee present sonatas for bassoon, flute and clarinet, and the Blair School is pleased to introduce its newest faculty member, oboist Jared Hauser. Collaborative pianists include Charlene Harb, Jama Reagan and Melissa Rose present composers Saint-Saens, Etler, Muczynski and Poulenc in music woodwinds play for their own pleasure and yours! Jim Lovensheimer leads the pre-concert talk.

2008 Fall Concert Season

The Blair Fall Concert Series promises to be a season of superb music from a variety of faculty, student and acclaimed guest artists. Below is a brief listing of a few of the featured events and favorite concerts. For more information about these and more concerts, lectures, master classes and special programs, visit the Web site Calendar of Events at

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