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Library Colloquia Series -- R. Nathaniel Dett: The Michigan Connection, October 9

Library Colloquia Series - Fall 2013

Free and open to the public.

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R. Nathaniel Dett: The Michigan Connection

Wednesday, October 9
7:00 pm
MSU Main Library, Room W449

Presented by Mary Black Junttonen, Music Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries
Cosponsored by American Life and Music

Dr. R. Nathaniel Dett, born into a Canadian African-American family in 1882, was a prestigious composer, pianist, conductor and educator until his death in 1943 in Battle Creek, MI. His fame was greatest in the eastern U.S. although he also led many choral tours throughout the U.S. and Europe. The MSU Archives contains a number of signed pieces of his published music and also holds two manuscripts written for a church in Battle Creek. How did his career develop? Why was he in Battle Creek? How did these materials reach MSU? Learn about a ground-breaking musician's work and influence in this presentation by MSU Music Librarian Mary Black Junttonen.

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