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Ellie Mannette, designer of modern steel drum, to speak

Elliott "Ellie" Mannette will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Souers Recital Hall, Center for Performing Arts. The talk is part of Miami’s department of music "State of Music at the Millennium" colloquia series.

A native of Trinidad, Mannette is considered the principal innovator and designer of the modern steel drum. His various steel band instruments have been displayed in many of the world’s museums, including the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Contemporary Art Gallery. His instruments also are used in hundreds of schools, colleges and private and community programs in the United States and abroad.

Mannette is an adjunct professor in the College of Music at West Virginia University where he coordinates a steel band studies program. He is currently working on a pan-tuning project with chemists, metallurgists and nuclear physicists at WVU to develop new alloys for pan production that will keep instruments in tune for longer periods.

The "State of Music at the Millennium" series is part of the "Music at Miami for the Millennium: Harmonizing Excellence, Hearing Diversity" program supported by the President’s Academic Enrichment Fund.

The program has two major facets: the commissioning of two world premiere compositions, written specifically for Miami faculty and students, and the colloquia series, bringing five internationally prominent musicians to campus to reflect on the current state of music.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 9-3014.

Date Published: 11/02/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 14

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