[Dixielandjazz] Bill Russell Lecture at FQF

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Wed Apr 14 20:47:44 PDT 2004

Rebecca and all --
Here's the info on the Bill Russell lecture at French Quarter Festival. 
God’s Music: Shall We Gather at the River?
Jay Weigel
with Phillip Manuel, Ellen Frohnmayer, Leah Chase,
Reverend Lois Dejean and her gospel choir, and a chamber ensemble
Mr. Weigel, director of the Contemporary Arts Center, creates compositions 
that integrate the music of New Orleans with the classical written tradition.  
Focusing on the river as a prevalent symbol in traditional spirituals, Mr. 
Weigel will discuss his work The River May Cry, commissioned for the opening of 
the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the influence of New Orleans gospel music 
on his compositions.  Performances of spirituals; arrangements written for 
Mahalia Jackson, now in the Bill Russell Collection; and Jay Weigel’s music will 
illustrate the lecture.  
Bill Russell was a musician and avid collector of materials that chronicle 
the birth and growth of jazz in New Orleans.  His collection, including the 
papers of Mahalia Jackson, is housed in the Williams Research Center of The 
St. Louis Cathedral 
Friday, April 16, 2004
7:00 p.m. 
Free Admission

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