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Join us for the Fall 2009 Concert Series Performances

Posted by on Thursday, August 6, 2009 in Fall 2009, Featured.

guitar-halfAs always, nearly all concerts, lectures, guest artist performances, master classes and special events are free and open to all. Complimentary valet parking is provided for many events, and free self-parking in South Garage is available for all concerts listed in the fall calendar.

Highlights include:


A Plucked String Event, John Johns, guitar
Chair of the guitar department, John Johns, duets with Blair’s Marian Schaffer, harp, and Amy Dorfman, harpsichord.
Thursday, September 10, 8 p.m., Ingram Hall

Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Thomas Verrier, conductor, and Vanderbilt String Orchestra, Robin Fountain, conductor
With guest conductor Michel Camatte, directeur, Conservatoire Darius Milhaud

Thursday, October 8, 8 p.m., Ingram Hall

“Viva La France!” Program to include Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane and Milhaud’s Suite Francais.

The Blair String Quartet Celebrates Mendelssohn
Christian Teal, violin; Cornelia Heard, violin; John Kochanowski, viola; Felix Wang, cello; with
guest artists The Ceruti Quartet
Friday, October 30, 8 p.m., Ingram Hall

The Blair String Quartet and guests the Ceruti Quartet bring together two fine ensembles to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn.
Sponsored by Delphine and Kenneth L. Roberts in honor of Norma Gandy, Operations Officer, Blair School of Music

Vanderbilt Opera Theatre and Vanderbilt Orchestra present The Marriage Of Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Friday, November 13
6:45 p.m. pre-show talk
8 p.m. performance
Sunday, November 15
2 p.m matinee

All shows in Ingram Hall
Fully staged and costumed with Gayle Shay, director, and Robin Fountain, music director.
Friday’s performance features a pre-show talk with musicologist Melanie Lowe. Sung in English.
Sponsored by An Anonymous Friend of the Blair School


Music on Film
Introduced by John Kochanowski
Sunday, September 13, 4 p.m., Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall

Back for its second year, the Music on Film series presents large-format screenings of contemporary conductors filmed in live performance with 5.1 surround-sound technology.

John Kochanowski, violist for the Blair String Quartet and dynamic coordinator of the student chamber music program, leads the pre-film discussion that will introduce his selection for this fall’s presentation.


The Violin Now!
Guest Artist Peter Sheppard Skærved with composer and Blair faculty member Michael Alec Rose
Thursday, September 24
8 p.m. discussion
8:30 p.m. performance

Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall
Blair’s Nightcap format is the perfect vehicle for this evening’s guest artist, world-class violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved. He will explore in a lecture/demonstration style what it is to be a violinist today, drawing on his unique repertoire of rare works from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the many works written for him.
Sponsored by Nissan North America Inc.

Three by Three: Flute and Friends
Monday, November 2
8 p.m.  discussion
8:30 p.m. performance

Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall
Jane Kirchner and faculty friends Marian Shaffer, Cynthia Estill, Kathryn Plummer and Craig Nies, along with exceptional harp student Frances Cobb, team up to present a program of three charming, highly
varied works.
Sponsored by Nissan North America Inc.

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