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NEC courses on Jewish and Russian Music

New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, will host two ten week courses with Instructor Yelena Neplok. 'Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions' runs on Wednesdays, October 1-December -17, 2008, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., and 'The Art of Russian Piano Music' runs on Tuesdays, October 7-December 16, 2008, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Registration is now available. Tuition for the NEC School of Continuing Education is $375, and financial aid is available.

For more information and registration, contact: 617-585-1125 (NEC) or call the instructor at 617-566-7969 or e-mail the instructor.

NEC Web: www.newenglandconservatory.edu/continuinged

Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions

This course introduces 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.

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

This course will describe Russian musical culture and piano music from the end of the 18th century through the middle of the 20th century.

I: Late 18th century–second part of 19th century: Bortniansky to Tchaikovsky
II: Late 19th century–mid-20th century: Liadov to Prokofiev