LEHMAN ALUMNI CELEBRATE
Alumni of Lehman College’s music department, many of them graduates in the “Local 802 Program,” will host a performance, reception and meeting on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street in the Proshansky Auditorium on the concourse level. The concert will feature the chamber music of John Corigliano, and a cocktail party and gathering will follow. Composer Corigliano has won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and multiple Grammys, and is a distinguished professor of composition and orchestration at Lehman.
This will be the first meeting of Lehman’s music alumni, and all past and current graduates of the program are invited. Many were part of the Local 802 Program at Lehman, which was designed by Dr. Bernard Shockett to accommodate professional musicians who wish to earn both their Bachelor’s and Master’s in music and music education. For more information about the program, or to RSVP for the Nov. 7 reception, please call Dr. Shockett at (718) 960-8247. A reservation for the reception is mandatory.
JEWISH MUSIC LECTURES
“From Calcutta to New York: Music, Diversity, and the Jewish Experience” is the theme of the Feil Lecture Series, presented by the Institute for Judaic Studies on Dec. 3, 10 and 17.
The three-part series will present a musical tour of the rhythms and sounds of Jewish Music around the world. All events in this series are presented at the Council Senior Center, 241 West 72 Street from 1 to 2 p.m.
Admission is $10. For more information, call (212) 273-5304.
A HOME FOR SATCHMO
The New York Daily News reports that New York state officials are providing $5 million toward the construction of a visitors’ center for the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens.
It will offer more space for exhibitions, concerts and lectures, said Michael Cogswell, director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Archives.
An additional $4 million for the project will be raised by Queens College, which runs the city-owned museum on behalf of the City University of New York.
The design stage is scheduled to last about 15 months, followed by one year of construction, putting completion of the visitors’ center around December 2008, Cogswell said.
The museum currently has an exhibit in the basement of Armstrong’s former house and a gift shop in the garage. But when the visitors’ center is complete, the exhibit and gift shop will move there.
The garage will then be renovated to its original condition — complete with a 1967 Lincoln Town Car, just like the one Armstrong drove, Cogswell said. The jazz great moved to the home with his wife, Lucille, in 1943 and lived there until his death in 1971.
The center will also allow for more concerts, which are now confined to the garden adjacent to the house and can only occur during the summer.
In all, the project should provide the museum with a full day of activities for tourists, including lectures, concerts, a 40-minute tour of the house and a chance to browse the gift shop.
The residence is a city and state landmark.
For more information, see www.Satchmo.net.
TOOLS YOU CAN USE
Professional development seminars will be offered free of charge for musicians in a series sponsored by Chamber Music America, the Midtown Arts Common and the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s.
The eight seminars will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street) on the first Tuesday of each month through May 2007.
Seminars will include topics such as marketing yourself on the Web, and getting grants.
For more information, including the full schedule, see www.chamber-music.org. Click on “Programs,” then “CMA Plus.” Or call Bill Pace at (212) 242-2022, ext. 14.