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Leon Bates Performs Bill Strayhorn’s Take the A Train, arr. Leon Bates


LEON BATES has a special talent for residencies and is particularly, effective working with young people. In a single season he may perform over fifty residency programs in conjunction with orchestra engagements and recitals. He has an extraordinary way of inspiring, motivating and delighting America’s audiences.

A residency allows students and the artist to develop a mutual understanding of each other. Its purposes are to strengthen the interest of the student in music and to develop audiences for classical recitals as well as to broaden the interest in music as it applies to different audiences and different areas. Below are some possible activities for a residency with Leon Bates. The number of activities will depend upon the length of the residencies.

      • Full length presentation: Recital or Orchestra Appearance.
      • Master Class: (Students prepare works and play for Hr. Bates). Discussion, suggestions of technique, repertoire, interpretation, etc. are included in this session.
      • Lecture/Demonstration: Leon Bates selects a particular type of music to play and discuss with those present.
      • Workshop: for Non-Musicians…various topics discussed; The Life of the Pianist; How to Listen to Music: The Kinds of Music in Our Lives and How They Are Related.
      • Informal Sessions: meetings with students, faculty, class visitations (no performance).
      • Outreach: Performances before local churches, civic groups, school groups, hospitals, retirement homes, clubs.
      • Coaching: working with chamber music groups at the school.
      • Media Appearances: radio, television (local or college) and newspaper interviews.
      • Teaser or Mini-Concert: dorms, lounge or student union.
      • Clinic with Orchestra Members.
      • Sports: A visit to the Sports Department. Bates (who is a weight lifter) demonstrates the use of inner timing, body rhythms and instamatic body reflexes.
      • Afro-American Studies and Minority Affairs: in this session Bates focuses attention upon the work of Afro-American composers and the major influences they have made on American music.