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Dennis James to Lecture at Rutgers for Fall Semester

Finger Lakes, NY area resident and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music graduate Dennis James’ professional career musical activities have included solo, chamber ensemble, symphony and opera performances featuring his celebrated collection of antique and modern glass instruments.  For the upcoming Fall 2011 semester, Professor James has accepted an appointment as Lecturer in the Music Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey introducing a newly developing glass music program that is initially offering graduate studies instruction in glass armonica history and performance.

Now touring under representation by the Crystal City Music organization based in Corning, NY, James performs with a set of two Reckert-Eisch reproductions of Benjamin Franklin’s famed glass Armonica (1761 mechanized musical glass design considered to be the first truly American music instrument), a Reckert-Eisch concert Seraphim and a Hopkinson-Smith Grand Harmonicon (reproduction and original 19th c. antique sets of tuned musical glasses), a custom design Cristal d’ Baschet (the 1952 French sonorous sculpture), Verrophone (S. Reckert’s 20th c. tuned glass tubes), and the Irish Glass Harp (a 2010 specialized glass instrument design by James) among several others in his ever-expanding glass instrument collection.  James has been to New York’s Lincoln Center twice this year: first in February to perform the restoration of the now-complete original armonica part in the famed ‘Mad Scene’ within Donizetti’s opera Lucia d’ Lammermoor (recorded for broadcast with Natalie Dessay in the title role) and then again a few weeks ago together with the ICE chamber ensemble at the 2011 Mostly Mozart Festival (a performance NY Times music critic Allan Kozinn termed “magical”).  James also performed the Mozart glass concertantequintet K. 617 at the Caramoor Summer Festival earlier this summer (with promotional instrument demonstration video posted on YouTube).  Next up on the glass music tour circuit he will be performing armonica with the Atlanta Opera’s November 2011 production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Bloomington, IN resident Arthur Fagen conducting.

James has many record album, cassette and compact disc releases to his credit, has frequently participated in national broadcasts by NBC, ABC, CBS television plus NPR and APR radio. He was the subject of a feature television documentary for the Australian Broadcast Commission and a national Austrian television broadcast of one of his full length Vienna Konzerthaus solo concerts.  His touring glass music solo and ensemble performances have been heard on numerous radio broadcasts for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada plus Italian, French and Belgian national radio and television. James’ glass music recording career includes his Sony-Classical current release, Cristal: Glass Music Through the Ages (featuring James performing both numerous solos and together with the Emerson String Quartet, Ruth Anne Swenson of the Metropolitan Opera Co. and members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra among others), popular music recordings with vocalists Linda Ronstadt both solo and together with Dolly Parton and EmmyLou Harris on the Epic label (promotional performance on CBS’ David Letterman Late Night program may also be viewed on YouTube) and Hollywood film scoring (prominently featured throughout the Owen Wilson film ‘Minus Man’ directed by Hampton Fancher, score by Marco Beltrami).

Dennis James performance contact:

CRYSTAL CITY MUSIC  |  PO BOX 786  |  CORNING, NY  14830 USA
PHONE 607-359-2622 (Toll Free- 855-326-4012)  |  E-MAIL  MUSCUR@GMAIL.COM

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