150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth

During the month of October the Eastman School of Music will be celebrating the life of Claude Debussy with The Prismatic Claude Debussy Festival.

Events include:

Extravagant Debussy, a gala large-ensemble concert, Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8 PM, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Inspirational Debussy, new music, Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 8 pm, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Intimate Debussy, chamber works in transcription, Saturday, 20 October, 7 pm and 9 pm, Hatch Recital Hall

Comic Book Debussy, A conversation with P. Craig Russell, Thursday, October 25, 7 PM, MEMORIAL ART GALLERY Renowned comic-book artist P. Craig Russell has published an artful version of Debussy’s beloved opera, in his own powerful style. The Eastman School’s presentation on Friday October 26 in Kodak Hall will include a newly reimagined version of Debussy’s score for a small mixed ensemble of instruments with live electronics, all illustrated by panels from that comic-book version.

Theatrical Debussy, Pelléas Redux: excerpts from Pelléas et Mélisande with projections by P. Craig Russell,
Friday, October 26, 8 PM, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Debussy Premiers, Performances of and presentations on Debussy’s songs – including the North American premieres of five  previously unknown songs: “L’Archet”; “Le Matelot qui tombe à l’eau”; “Romance”; “Les Elfes”; “Séguidille”, Saturday, October 27, 9:30 AM – 5 PM, Hatch Recital Hall

Debussy Treasures, An exhibit of Debussy manuscripts, including the full working draft of La Mer, OCTOBER 1-27, SIBLEY MUSIC LIBRARY

Resources at the Central Library Arts Division

The Central Library has nearly 200 recordings of the music of Claude Debussy.

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An Afternoon of Musical Creativity at the Central Library

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Alice Kay Kanack, inventor of the Creative Ability Development method of teaching children musical improvisation, author of several music books, and director of the Kanack School of Music, will bring a group of her students for two programs filled with the joy of music.

Ms. Kanack is a frequent lecturer at conferences and festivals across the U.S. and Canada, and has presented her methods to audiences in Australia, France and Japan.  The concerts given by her students are powerful, inspiring, beautiful, and completely improvised.

“Musical Improvisation for Children” starts at 11:30 in the children’s room with a musical performance of the story “The Three Little Pigs” and a chance for children to try some hands-on musical improvisation.

From 1:00 -2:00 in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, Alice Kanack and her tour group will present “Improvisation without Inhibition” a lecture and performance that demonstrates the importance of developing the creative part of the brain.Ms. kanack will demonstrate methods for developing comfort with improvisation, and talk about current brain research that supports these methods.

A book signing will follow the performance with copies of Alice Kay Kanack’s books available for purchase.

To register for “Improvisation without Inhibition,”  call the Arts Division at 428-8140, or register online at http://tinyurl.com/cm45s73