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NEC to offer to courses on Eastern European Jewish Music starting Feb 14

New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, presents two ten week courses with Instructor Yelena Neplok. "Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions" runs on Wednesdays, February 15-May 3, 2006, from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. and "The Art of Russian Piano Music" runs on Tuesdays, February 14-April 25, 2006, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Registration starts on January 10th.
Financial Aid available—call 617-585-1125 to apply

For more information, contact the instructor at 617-566-7969 or E-mail Yelena Neplok

*Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions

*10 Tuesdays: **7:00-8:30 PM***
*Spring: February 15 ­ **May 3, 2006***
This course introduces the unique musical heritage stemming from Jewish composers and their communities in pre-war Eastern Europe. Students will become aware of the uniqueness of Jewish folk music, connection between Jewish traditional and art music, Russian Jewish musical culture, famous cantors of the “Golden Age”, and great East European Jewish performers.

The course repertory includes different genres of Jewish traditional instrumental music, Jewish folk songs in Yiddish and Hebrew, Synagogue music, and art songs and significant instrumental pieces by the most prominent Russian Jewish 19^th and 20^th century composers.

Each class includes a lecture-demonstration by the instructor Yelena Neplok, the critically acclaimed, award-winning pianist, artist-in-residence at Hebrew College, and the founder and artistic director of the renowned Nigun Chamber Ensemble.

Students have the opportunity to perform in class and participate in a closing concert.

Vocalists, instrumentalists, and all interested public are welcome.

*The Art of Russian Piano Music*

*10 Tuesdays: **7:00-8:30 PM***
*Spring: February 14 - **April 25, 2006***
This course will describe Russian musical culture and piano music from the end of the 18th century through the mid-20th century: the formation of a Russian piano school, the development of a nationalist musical culture, traditions of Russian piano performance and pedagogy, and famous interpretations by great Russian pianists. Students will discover the music and piano style of Glinka, Anton Rubinstein, the “Mighty Five” (Balakirev, Cui, Mussorsky, Borodin, and Rimsky-Korsakov), Tchaikovsky, Liadov, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. Each class will include lecture-demonstrations by concert pianist Yelena Neplok, analyses of selected popular repertoire, and in-class discussion. There will also be reading and listening assignments.

Tuition for NEC School of Continuing Education is $325 - for non credit, and $450 for the credit.

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