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UM Jazz Ensemble Aims to Go Global

November 10, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi jazz ensemble, The Mississippians, is pursuing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The group is raising funds to embark on a European jazz festival tour in July 2018.

Last year, the ensemble was invited to perform at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, which is one of the country’s most prestigious college-level jazz festivals. Now, the group is…

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 UM Professor Lectures on African Music at University of Georgia

November 10, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – George W.K. Dor, professor of music at the University of Mississippi, recently delivered the fall lecture for the University of Georgia’s Institute for African Studies.

Dor was invited as guest lecturer by Akinloye Ojo, the institute’s director. The institute highlights a different discipline each year for the lecture series, and this year’s focus was music.

“African studies is highly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary,” Dor said. “I gave a lecture that emphasized the interplay…

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 Music Faculty Members Release Album

November 03, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Three University of Mississippi music faculty members have released a new album of material by French composer François Rossé.

Adam Estes, assistant professor of music, is the lead performer on saxophone, accompanied on piano by Stacy Rodgers, professor of music, and Amanda Johnston, associate professor of music. “François Rossé: Métissage” is on the MSR Classics record label…

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 Price Walden and Alice Anne Light Return to UM for Sarahfest

October 26, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Living Music Resource and the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies are teaming up again to host events for the annual Sarahfest.

UM alumnus and composer Price Walden will perform his original work “A Song of Songs” at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27) in the David H. Nutt Auditorium. The Oxford resident will be…

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 Living Music Resource Teams with Sarah Isom Center

October 06, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The third annual Sarahfest, billed as a multidisciplinary “artistic journey” hosted by the University of Mississippi’s Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and Living Music Resource, is underway with the theme “Liberty and Justice for All.”

One of the highlights of this year’s Sarafest is a concert by Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star…

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 Two UM Music Professors Chosen by SEC Faculty Travel Program

September 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Two UM music professors, Adam Estes and Amanda Johnston, were chosen to be part of the 2017-18 Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Program. Over 100 faculty members across the 14 SEC universities were chosen as part of the grant program with UM being home to seven of the recipients.

This is the sixth year the program has been in place, and its purpose is to promote collaboration between colleagues at other SEC…

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 Renowned Jazz Musician Engages UM Music Majors

September 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Cyrus Chestnut, the kickoff performer in the 2017-18 Jazz Series at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, conducted a jazz clinic with University of Mississippi music majors and Oxford High School band members recently in Nutt Auditorium.

Chestnut, a critically acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and producer, performed Sept. 14 at the Ford Center. The Baltimore native has recorded with many celebrated artists, including…

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 Cyrus Chestnut Quartet to Perform at Ford Center

September 12, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will host a night of jazz Thursday (Sept. 14) with the Cyrus Chestnut Quartet.

Chestnut, a Baltimore native and soulful jazz pianist, blends contemporary, traditional and gospel jazz styles with soulful sounds and a mix of Latin and samba. His style allows…

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 UM Music Hosts Residency for Chamber Music Ensemble

September 07, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The UM Music Department is hosting a guest artist recital as a part of the UM Lecture Series. The visiting artist group that will be in a week-long residency from September 18-22 is the Assembly Quartet.

The Assembly Quartet is a professional chamber music group committed to sharing its musical style to schools and communities through concerts and workshops. They have toured…

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