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Glenn Gass to Examine 'The Beatles: High Art on the Pop Chart' Wednesday

January 12, 2008

Glenn Gass HS.jpgJanuary 12, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Noted Beatles expert and Indiana University music professor Glenn Gass returns to the DePauw University campus on Wednesday, January 16, to discuss "The Beatles: High Art on the Pop Chart." Gass' presentation will take place at 2 p.m. in the Green Center for the Performing Arts' Thompson Recital Hall and is free and open to all.

Professor Gass' courses at IU include a History of Rock Music class and another on Music of the Beatles, the latter of which is described as an "in-depth, song-by-song look at the music, lives and times of this extraordinary group and songwriting partnership." Offered since 1982, the course "is aimed at heightening Beatles Rubber Soul Cover.jpgstudent listening skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation for the Beatles' remarkable recordings." Gass also takes a group of students "on site" to London for another course on the Beatles.

Glenn Gass is also a composer whose work has been performed internationally. He is the recipient of grants in composition from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Indiana Arts Commission.

The professor authored the textbook, History of Rock Music: The Rock & Roll Era, and is a member of the education advisory board of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. He is the recipient of a number of honors, including: the Herman B. Wells Lifetime Achievement Award, the Indiana University Sylvia Bowman Distinguished Teaching Gass Best May 2005.jpgAward, the IU Student Alumni Association Student Choice Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists Brown Derby Award. He was inducted into the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. (at left: Gass with original Beatles drummer Pete Best in 2005)

Gass attended DePauw (he's the son of Clinton Gass, professor emeritus of mathematics) and earned a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music, and both and M.M. and D.Mus. in composition from Indiana.

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