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Join us for the Fall 2011 Blair Concert Series

Posted by on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in Articles, Fall 2011, Issue.

Featured events include:


September 18, 3 p.m.
Ingram Hall

Martha Rivers Ingram has been a longtime patron of the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University and the arts in Nashville. This fall, Mrs. Ingram relinquishes her position as chair of Blair’s KeyBoard after 16 years of dedicated service and stewardship. Please join us for a special concert featuring both new and long-beloved faculty artists and ensembles as we honor Mrs. Ingram for helping Blair become what it is today and will be in the future.

Schocker’s Suite Française for Flute and Piano featuring Philip Dikeman, flute, and Melissa Rose, piano
Strauss’s Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18 featuring Carolyn Huebl, violin, and Mark Wait, piano
Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie featuring Bil Jackson, clarinet, and Amy Dorfman, piano
Ravel’s Quartet in F Major featuring the Blair String Quartet

A wine reception in the lobby will follow the performance.
Presented by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Lydia Howarth, Dean Mark Wait and Deborah Wait,
and the Blair School of Music KeyBoard

Bill Monroe’s 100th Birthday Celebration

September 28, 7 p.m.
Ingram Hall

The Blair School of Music and the Country Music Hall of Fame join forces to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of bluegrass pioneer and founding father Bill Monroe. The evening will be a retrospective of Monroe’s life accompanied by video, live music and stories, featuring top names in country and bluegrass. Be sure to watch for more details about this very special celebration. This is a ticketed event.

Sponsored by the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation

The Blair String Quartet with special guest Bil Jackson, clarinet

October 14, 8 p.m.
Ingram Hall

Bil Jackson, new associate professor of clarinet at Blair and a renowned performer, joins the quartet for a performance of the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings by Mozart, one of the great works of chamber music. The program opens with the String Quartet No.1, Op. 49 of Dmitri Shostakovich and closes with Ravel’s only string quartet.

Sponsored by Marsha and Ken Mifflin


A Special Evening with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

October 27, 8 p.m.
Ingram Hall

After a hugely successful Blair debut last fall, the world’s most celebrated wind quintet returns by
popular demand, with an exciting and wide-ranging program showcasing their range of expression, their
tonal spectrum and their conceptual unity. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy these world-class artists.

Sponsored by an anonymous friend of the Blair School of Music
Blair thanks the Hutton Hotel for providing accommodations for the members of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Artist management for the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet provided by David Rowe Artists

Audra McDonald

November 15, 8 p.m.
Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall

Winner of four Tony Awards, Broadway legend Audra McDonald returns to the concert stage after four seasons on the hit ABC television series Private Practice. The two-time Grammy winner will perform an intimate evening of favorite show tunes, classic songs from the movies, and original pieces written expressly for her. McDonald is an extraordinary artist who is at the height of her expressive powers.

Sponsored by the Mary Cortland Ragland Master Series Fund

Cellist Laurence Lesser performs Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello in a two-concert presentation

December 3, 8 p.m. and December 4, 1:30 p.m.
Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall

Laurence Lesser was a top prize winner in the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and has been soloist with orchestras around the world. One of the foremost cello pedagogues in the world, he has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music since 1974, where he was also the president for 13 years. He was teaching assistant to legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and was a guest on the historic Heifetz-Piatigorsky concerts and recordings. As part of his residency, he will also present master classes and lectures. Check the Blair website for the latest details.

These are just a few of the concerts scheduled for your enjoyment.
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