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Critical Praise for CD by W&L's Vosbein

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The tradition of turning music from Broadway shows into jazz recordings is far from new. According to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, the first such example was 1944, when Charlie Spivak, a trumpeter and bandleader, turned "Porgy & Bess" into jazz. So Washington and Lee music professor Terry Vosbein was following in a honored […]

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Benamou Serving as Glynn Family Professor at W&L

Marc Benamou, Glynn Family Professor at Washington and Lee University

Marc Benamou, an ethnomusicologist and associate professor of music at Earlham College, in Indiana, is serving as the John and Barbara Glynn Family Professor at Washington and Lee University during the 2012 Spring Term. Benamou, who is teaching a new course in world music during the four-week term, specializes in gamelan music, a traditional form of music, […]

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2012 ChoralFest to Honor Composer and Conductor René Clausen

Rene Clausen

Washington and Lee University’s Department of Music will present the 2012 ChoralFest on March 28 and 29 to honor world-renowned composer and conductor René Clausen.

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Gordon Spice to Give Morris Professorship Inaugural Lecture

Gordon P. Spice, professor of music, Washington and Lee Universituy

Gordon P. Spice, professor of music at Washington and Lee University, will give the Edwin A. Morris Professorship Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of Wilson Hall. The title of Spice’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Words and Music: Creating a Synthesis.” During […]

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W&L Offers Two Evenings of Seasonal Holiday Music

Washington and Lee University String Ensemble

Come and kick-off the holiday season with the W&L Men’s Glee Club, Cantatrici (W&L women’s choir), the University Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble and the W&L Swing for a family-friendly evening of seasonal holiday music.  Two identical concerts will be presented, on Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Concert Hall […]

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W&L Concert Celebrates Stan Kenton Centennial

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Washington and Lee University celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of jazz icon Stan Kenton in a musical extravaganza conducted by Washington and Lee music professor Terry Vosbein. The concert, featuring the University of Tennessee Studio Orchestra combined with the trombones of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, will take place in Wilson Hall at […]

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Vosbein's Composition Part of Environmental Project

Washington and Lee University music professor Terry Vosbein

Terry Vosbein, professor of music at Washington and Lee, was one of seven composers from Associated Colleges of the South institutions commissioned to set poems to music as part of a project at Southwestern University of Texas. Vosbein's composition became part of a song cycle that focuses on the environment, particularly the importance of water […]

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Terry Vosbein CD Reviewed on All About Jazz

Washington and Lee University music professor Terry Vosbein

The new CD, "Fleet Street," featuring Washington and Lee music professor Terry Vosbein's compositions of the music from the Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd" merited a review on the website, All About Jazz. The review, originally from JazzWax, described the music as "a superb reworking and a throwback to an age of introspective interpretation." Vosbein […]

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Hard Times in Vermont

When blues guitarist and singer Scott Ainslie, of the Class of 1974, saw the normally eight-inch-deep Whetstone Brook in his hometown of Brattleboro, Vt., transformed into a raging torrent as Hurricane Irene passed through on Sunday, he got out his video camera and recorded some remarkable images. Then  Scott added his own recording of Stephen […]

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A River of Music: Ron Pen '73 and his passion for harmony

Pen shares his interest in Sacred Harp music with a W&L music-history class. He told them, "Music that springs from a sense of place, from a group of people rooted to a place, that gathers to sing in a place sanctified by their collective singing has the most power to affect us. The joy of gathering together in song, the joy of creating a community whose only purpose is sharing a song is a wonderful thing. Harmony is a pleasure. It is perhaps the finest hillbilly intoxicant. Musical harmony creates social harmony and that is what attracts me to this."

Ron Pen '73 is awed by the power of music, and even more so by its social potential when people make music together. These interests have evolved in such a way that he is now director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky, where he is a member […]

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