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Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music Big Band named best student jazz ensemble

May. 8, 2019—Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music has been recognized by "DownBeat" magazine’s 42nd Annual Student Music Awards. The Blair Big Band was named best undergraduate large jazz ensemble.

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Blair School Dean Mark Wait to speak at this year’s Phi Beta Kappa ceremony

May. 7, 2019—Blair School Dean Mark Wait will address the university’s outstanding liberal arts undergraduates at the Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony May 9.

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Diverse voices speak out on the arts at Chancellor’s Town Hall

Oct. 4, 2018—Expanding trans-institutional collaborations and strengthening support for student research were among ideas voiced at a Chancellor’s Town Hall on the impact of the arts on campus and in society.

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Chancellor’s Town Hall to focus on the arts, music and theatre

Sep. 27, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host a town hall Oct. 3 to discuss the importance of the arts, music and theatre on campus and the potential for new collaborations among these disciplines.

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Blair, Library honor Violins of Hope project with series of upcoming performances

Mar. 23, 2018—Twenty-two violins—most most of which were played by Jewish musicians interned in concentration camps during the Holocaust—have arrived in Music City from Israel, where they will be heard once more as the Violins of Hope. Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have planned several special events in honor of the initiative in March and April.

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Famed Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet returns to Blair

Jan. 29, 2018—The renowned Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform a free concert at the Blair School of Music's Ingram Hall Feb. 3 as part of its continuing collaborative relationship.

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Soprano Ah Young Hong to perform, teach master class at Blair

Sep. 15, 2017—Acclaimed soprano Ah Young Hong will perform at Blair School of Music in October.

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Celebration honors 11 endowed chair holders

May. 2, 2017—The extraordinary academic achievements of 11 faculty members named to endowed chairs were recognized during a celebration April 27 at the Student Life Center.

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Faust, Melnikov perform entire ‘Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano’ Nov. 15-17

Nov. 14, 2016—German violinist Isabelle Faust and Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov perform the entire "Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano" Nov. 15-17 in Blair’s Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall.

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Op-ed: Blair School Dean Sees Renewed Vitality In Classical Music

Apr. 15, 2016—Mark Wait, the Martha Rivers Ingram Dean of the Blair School of Music, writes, "Trends in classical music, as in any other field, will come and go, but serious music is present in all ages, and in all places – including right now in Nashville."

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Blair School of Music’s library is new home for John Hartford music collection

Dec. 8, 2015—The family of the songwriter who wrote "Gentle on My Mind" has donated 2,500 books on musicians and Southern music to the library at Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt.

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Blair stages fall operas at opposite ends of the scale

Oct. 26, 2015—In the next few weeks, the Blair School of Music will present two operas--Michael Hersch's "On the Threshold of Winter" and Leonard Bernstein's "Mass"--that are diametrically opposed in style, scale and staging.

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