Ran is pleased to announce that his annual summer course will focus on the composer and conductor Gunther Schuller. Ran, Gunther, and Fred Harris, director of wind and jazz ensembles at MIT (who is completing a book on the Polish conductor/composer Stan Skrowaczewski), will all lead portions of the course, which is titled: The Musical Worlds of Gunther Schuller: Scratching the Surface of a Compleat Musician.
The course will run from July 28 to August 7, with meetings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on July 28th and 30th and August 1st, 5th and 7th. The class meets at Ran’s Brookline apartment, except for Tuesday, August 5, which is a special public evening at NEC with interviews and performances.
This is the 23rd year of Ran’s summer course. Additional info, from a forthcoming NEC press release, follows:
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Gunther Schuller is a unique figure in American music history. The quality and quantity of his productivity in nearly every facet of music (composition, performance, recording, writing, teaching, and publishing), classical and jazz, will no doubt ever be replicated.
As a young man, Schuller played French horn for Toscanini and Fritz Reiner, among other giants, and performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Gil Evans, John Lewis, and Charles Mingus. By the time he was 40, he had become a major composer, receiving performances by world-class orchestras and conductors, important chamber ensembles and famous jazz artists. He had also begun a new movement in contemporary music, which he called Third Stream, and he had become a first-rate and discerning conductor. In 1967, he became the president of New England Conservatory, forever changing the face and mission of the school and others like it.
The course will provide students with an extremely rare opportunity to interact with Maestro Schuller about his music, his life as a composer, conductor and author, and his vast experience working with dozens of the most important classical and jazz artists of the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st.
1 undergrad/grad credit: $1000/$2000
1 School of Continuing Education credit: $500; early-bird tuition (paid by June 28): $435
Non-credit: $355; early-bird tuition (paid by June 28): $310
There is an additional $30 NEC registration fee for all participants. For more information, please contact NEC’s Margaret Ulmer at (617) 585-1135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.