School of Music hosts two-time Emmy winner Hummie Mann

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            For more than 25 years, the School of Music at Central Michigan University has invited a variety of guest artists to provide insightful lectures for their annual New Music Symposium, but never a film composer—until now. On April 1 at the Staples Family Concert Hall at 8 p.m. the very first film composer, two-time Emmy-award winner, Hummie Mann, will come to speak.

            Mann has collaborated with many of Hollywood's most renowned directors for both movies and television.  His motion picture projects have ranged from Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" to Peter Yates' "Year of the Comet", the children's film "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" to "Wooly Boys" directed by Leszek Burzynski.

            "A lot of students have film composition as an option for their future career and are interested in learning more. For them to be able to get a sense of the film music business, hear about how different that process and see what communication skills are needed is will be great," professor of composition David Gillingham said.

            Along with the April 1 performance, Gillingham said Mann will be instructing a master class for CMU students on March 31 at 5 p.m., in Chamichian Recital Hall and a general public workshop on April 1 at 11 a.m. including individual critiques with composition students.

            "Film music is appreciated by millions of people," Gillingham said. "It's a very accessible form of art since it's written exclusively to accompany visual and it that sense, it's very entertaining," he said.

Mann co-produced the Marc Shaiman scores for such hits as "Sleepless in Seattle", "A Few Good Men" and "Mr. Saturday Night", and both orchestrated and conducted scores for "City Slickers" and "The Addams Family"


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