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Berklee College of Music Professor Charles Cassara to Present Falmouth Forum Lecture, January 13

WOODS HOLE, MA—Charles Cassara, a professor at the Berklee College of Music, will present the next lecture in the 2005-2006 Falmouth Forum series on Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the MBL's (Marine Biological Laboratory's) Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole. The lecture is sponsored by the Associates of the MBL and is free and open to the public.

Cassara will speak about the development of early blues and Dixieland music beginning in New Orleans and the developing styles of swing, be-bop, cool, and progressive jazz. He will also play excerpts from a variety of artists and arrangers from each of the major styles of jazz.

Cassara received a B.M. from the Berklee College of Music and an M.A.T. from Connecticut College. His performances have been featured on WGBH-TV Boston, Connecticut Public Television, and WNLC and WICH radio in Connecticut. He is currently Director of Musicals for the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in Waterford, Connecticut. Cassara has performed with Herb Pomeroy and Charlie Mariano. He has written articles in a number of music education publications and is the author of The Teaching Guide for General Music: Grades 7-12.

Admission to this Falmouth Forum presentation is free and open to the public. A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children's Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL's Communications Office in the Candle House in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and tickets are only available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at: (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu

Remaining lectures in the Falmouth Forum 2005-2006 season are below.

March 3, 2006 - "Coastal Lands Through Time: Historical Insights to the Conservation of Natural and Cultural Landscapes" - David Foster, author, ecologist and Director of the Harvard Forest

March 17, 2006 - "Four Ways to Tell the Story of the Buddha" - David Eckel, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Boston University

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The MBL Associates were founded in 1944 to provide an opportunity for friends of the Laboratory, both scientists and non-scientists, to support the MBL. Over the years the Associates have taken on a wide range of projects, including providing fellowships for young scientists, supporting the MBL/WHOI Library, renovating the Lillie Auditorium, and landscaping the Whitman-Loeb quadrangle on the Woods Hole campus. The Associates also help bring the work of the Laboratory to a broader public by sponsoring the Falmouth Forum Series and operating the MBL Gift Shop. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Laboratory.