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Main Street Library, CNU professor to present six-week series on America’s music

Newport News library patrons can learn about America’s music through a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. The Newport News Public Library System has been awarded a $2,500 grant to host the program series.

Grant to fund music series

Kelly Rossum, assistant professor of trumpet and director of jazz studies at Christopher Newport University, will lead a six-week program series about America’s music in February, March and April 2013 at Main Street Library.

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Newport News, Va. 2012 Nov 02

Newport News library patrons can learn about America’s music through a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. The Newport News Public Library System has been awarded a $2,500 grant to host the program series.

The Library System will host the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” series in February, March and April at Main Street Library to enlighten audiences about uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo and hip hop. The program series will be free and open to the public.

The Newport News Public Library System is one of 50 sites nationwide selected to host this program series and one of only two in Virginia.

The series will be led by Kelly Rossum, assistant professor of trumpet and director of jazz studies at Christopher Newport University. It is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. “America’s Music” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

About Kelly Rossum
Rossum is an international trumpet artist, improviser, composer and scholar. He has been invited to perform at multiple International Trumpet Guild Conferences, including Sydney, Australia, and Bangkok, Thailand, as well as repeat appearances at the Festival of New Trumpet Music and the Atlanta Trumpet Festival. He has performed everything from lead trumpet at New York’s famed Birdland jazz club to natural trumpet in Bad Säckingen, Germany. As a recording artist, Rossum has released four albums as a leader and has appeared on more than 40 recordings as a sideman.

Before coming to Christopher Newport University, he was visiting assistant professor of trumpet and director of jazz studies at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., and trumpet instructor and founder of the Jazz Program at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minn., one of the nation’s largest community music schools.

About “America’s Music”
“America’s Music” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. “America’s Music” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

“America’s Music,” designed for a general audience, will introduce genres of 20th-century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape that they take for granted today has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms discussed in this series.

The onset of the 20th century brought pervasive changes to American society. During the early part of the century, these social changes combined with new technologies to create a mass market for popular music that evolved over the next hundred years. The “America’s Music” series is not meant to offer an all-inclusive treatment of 20th-century American popular music. Instead, each screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, with events in American music history acting as a catalyst for that examination.

 

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