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New England Conservatory Summer School Presents Mahalia Jackson's Music

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Ran Blake, Chair of Contemporary Improvisation/Third Stream Department, Leads Appreciation Class on Gospel Great

August 11 - 19 (five meetings) W,F,M,T,Th: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Mahalia Jackson, an icon of gospel music, continues to inspire musicians the world over. Ran Blake, chair of the NEC Contemporary Improvisation/Third Stream Department, will explore Jackson's musical world -- her position within gospel music, her unique relationship with pianist Mildred Falls, and her exquisite vocal timbre. He will use selected recordings, articles, films, and conversations with those who knew and worked with the singer. The class should be useful for classical and jazz instrumentalists interested in employing vocal phrasing in their playing, as well as students with a general musical background.

For more information, visit newenglandconservatory.edu/summer/collegeAdult/ci.html

Or contact the Contemporary Improvisation Department at 617-585-1390.

ABOUT NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY
Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes-thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year In Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully-restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to opera scenes. Every year, NEC's opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of “From the Top," a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by more than two hundred stations throughout the United States.

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