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                                                                              MEDIA CONTACT: Kami Barrett
561-799-8813, kbarre10@fau.edu

International Orchestra Conductor Thomas Elefant to Lecture at FAU Jupiter’s Lifelong Learning Society

JUPITER, FL (January 4, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society in Jupiter will present conductor Thomas Elefant for an eight-week lecture course, “From Bach to Sinatra,” beginning Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 7 p.m..

Elefant’s lectures will give listeners a thorough understanding of what music is, discussing and examining the various elements of music, using examples from a wide variety of repertoire that includes classical, Latin, gypsy and popular music. The intent of the lectures is to provide the listener with the necessary tools needed for a deeper and greater understanding of all forms of music, thereby enhancing ones’ listening experience.

Elefant was both a string and brass player before turning to conducting at age 27. Elefant’s unique and extensive instrumental background includes playing viola in string quartets, violin and French horn in symphony orchestras, and trumpet and euphonium in bands. From 1985 to 1997, he served as music director and conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Israel and on tour in Europe. In 2000, Elefant founded the Inter-Generational Symphony Orchestra in Tel Aviv, which he led through 2006. He returned to the Unites States in 2007. Born in Santiago, Chile, Elefant recently conducted the Orquesta de la Universidad de Santiago and is currently conducting the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

For more information regarding Elefant’s lecture series, contact the Lifelong Learning Society at 561-799-8867 or 561-799-8547.

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The Lifelong Learning Society at FAU Jupiter is dedicated to enriching the lives of mature students by offering non-credit, university-level courses that are taught by highly qualified professors and distinguished guest lecturers.

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