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[Past Event] Understanding Ella

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Course Description:

The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook Collection is a hallmark recording set featuring imaginative arrangements by Nelson Riddle of the music of Gershwin, Ellington, Kern, Porter, and others in dedicated album formats. This course will examine these albums and discuss their artistic contributions, with examples played during class via digital recordings, YouTube and live piano demonstrations.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Sept. 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8
*1:00 - 3:00pm* (4 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Todd Samra, D.A., earned his Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University and a Master of Music from the University of Missouri. Beyond his work as musicologist, he is active as a studio voice and piano teacher, and as a conductor, arranger, performer, accompanist, and speaker.