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Lyceum programs to feature Canadian

Nov. 21, 1997

By Gretchen Kahn

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

Christopher Millard will be hosting a series of master classes along with a recital this weekend as part of the annual School of Music's Lyceum Series.

The Lyceum Series is an educational program that showcases between seven and 12 groups of artists every year. This year, the series will host nine groups of artists, including Millard.

Millard, a principal bassoonist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation Vancouver Orchestra since 1975, is known throughout Canada as being one of the top four woodwinds artists in the country.

'Although Millard is very well known in Canada, he is not as familiar to the people in America,' Veit said.

Millard's master classes prove to be beneficial to the two to six students who attend, due to the fact that he is an established performer.

During these classes, Millard will listen to the students on a one-to-one basis, offering his comments to better help the students, said Dick Veit, concert and promotions manager.

'These classes offer students a way to work with a master artist,' Veit said. 'Not only do the students get their professors views, but another talented artist as well.'

In addition to the master classes, Millard will be hosting a reed-making class for bassoon students.

'Students manufacture their own reeds, so it is essential for them to produce the optimum sound through their instrument, which results in this class being very beneficial to the students,' Veit said.

Overall, the Lyceum Series is very beneficial to our campus, Veit said.

'This program is enormously helpful,' Veit said. 'It is almost like the students having two teachers, because they get two professional views. It is also helpful to the audience because they get a chance to hear another talented player.'

The Lyceum Series is made possible by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, which sponsors the series annually. In sponsoring the series, Baylor receives increased national impact, due to the caliber of guests who are able to come and perform.

'We could not have the series without our sponsor,' Veit said. 'There would be no way possible for us to bring these guest artists, because each performer costs thousands of dollars to attend.'

The master classes will begin today from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, the classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon, in Meadows Recital Hall.

The reed-making classes will be offered today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and again on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

Millard will perform his recital in Meadows Recital Hall Saturday at 8 p.m.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

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