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  • Educational Opportunities
  • Performing Arts Series

  • Educational Opportunities through the Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series

    Birdland Jazz Clinic

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 4 p.m.
    Hansen Theatre in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts

    A sextet from the 16-piece Birdland Big Band, including Tommy Igoe, will perform and talk about their music, lives and work as jazz musicians. The clinic is free and open to the public. Make sure to arrive by 3:45 p.m.

    Unlocking the Secrets of Gypsy Guitar with Paul Mehling of The Hot Club of San Francisco

    Friday, November 30, 2012, 3 p.m.
    Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts

    A masterclass for intermediate to advanced student guitarists. Participation in the masterclass is limited to intermediate to advanced guitarists, but the general public is invited to observe the masterclass as audience members. The class is comprised of a lecture, demonstration and Q&A session. It will encompass everything from the swinging rhythm to the solo voice as defined by such players as Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Fapy Lafertain, Romane, Angelo Debarre and others of Gypsy swing music. Paul Mehling, director of the Hot Club of San Francisco, has studied and played with many of the top Gypsy swing players from around the world. A highly praised teacher, Paul is uniquely qualified to answer all questions guitar students may have concerning the various technical challenges presented by playing this music. In addition to the technical ‘hands-on’ questions, Paul will explain the harmonic considerations that define the genre. This may include which notes to play, which notes to emphasize, how to deal with troublesome chord changes, melodic constructions, ‘Gypsy’ chords, ornamentation, and the scales that create the magic and mystery of Gypsy swing. After thoroughly exploring various questions concerning fingers, mind, and spirit, Paul will lead the class in a directed jam session. This will allow attendees to immediately try out the various musical ideas which had been discussed and explained. Two or more tunes will be analyzed and then played by the group, allowing for comparison and review by all.

    Composition and Collaboration Workshop

    Thursday, January 31, 2013, 50-60 minutes with 10 min Q & A
    Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts

    Using both acoustic and electronic methods and drawing upon a variety of musical, visual, social and cultural inspirations, DBR discusses his recent works and demonstrates his unique compositional process. Recommended for music students in middle- to high schools and universities.

    Clowning & Physical Comedy Workshop with the Reduced Shakespeare Company

    Saturday, March 23, 2013, Time TBA
    Hansen Theatre in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts

    This workshop will focus on basic gag structure such as the rule of threes, surprise, and change of status - as well as a number of bits of physical comedy - double takes, trips, hair pulls, slaps, foot stomps, etc. Participants will then create their own short gag using the techniques they have learned. Open to all high school and college-age acting students. Please reserve a spot by contacting Rebecca Sundet-Schoenwald at 218.477.2178 or