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Sinatra: An American Icon Symposium

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May 9, 2015 | 12:00 PM


Location: Wilson Auditorium
Tickets are no longer on sale online. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door - cash only. 

The Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises are pleased to announce some of the major initiatives confirmed as part of this year’s Sinatra 100 centennial celebration honoring one of the most cherished entertainment legends of all time, Frank Sinatra. An icon who forever epitomizes the American dream, Frank Sinatra continues to have an immeasurable influence on popular culture: music, film, art, theatre, fashion and beyond. Sinatra was a true one-of-a-kind personality whose incredible achievements continue to inspire greatness in others.

As part of this celebration, Monmouth University in partnership with the GRAMMY MUSEUM will be hosting a day long Sinatra Centennial symposium.

The schedule for the day includes (subject the change):

Noon – President Paul Brown, Welcome and Introduction
             Keynote by Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum

12:30 – Sinatra 101 – The Essence of Frank Sinatra, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Michael Thomas

12:50 - Performance by MU students: Kellen Brennan - Keyboards, Connor Healy - Bass, Dino Marino - Sax, Liam Frank - Drums, Nicole Govel  - Vocals

1:00-2:00 – The Man, The Music, The Legend, Panel will include musicians
    Max Weinberg – Drummer, Bandleader, Author
    Southside Johnny Lyon - Singer, Songwriter, Arranger
    Steve Forbert, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
    Mike Barris - Instructor, "Perfectly Frank: An Appreciation of the Music of Frank Sinatra", Brookdale Community College
    Chuck Granata - Record and Radio Producer, Author, Music Historian and Archivist
    Followed by a Q & A

2:00-2:45 – Somewhere Along the Way - Sinatra as a social activist by Bob Santelli and Max Weinberg

Screening of the short film, “The House I Live In”. The Academy Award film starring Sinatra, was made in 1945 to promote racial tolerance

2:45-3:45 – Nothing but the Best, Panel will include Sinatra aficionados
    Joe Amodei, President of Virgil Films
    Joe Amore, Businessman and Sinatraphile
    Aaron Furgason, Associate Professor of Communications
    Stuart Rosenberg, Associate Professor of Management and Decision Sciences
    Followed by a Q & A

3:45 - 3:55 – Performance by MU students: Kellen Brennan - Keyboards, Connor Healy - Bass, Dino Marino - Sax, Liam Frank - Drums, Nicole Govel  - Vocals

3:55 – Bob Santelli will briefly describe the exhibit in the Pollak Gallery and encourage everyone to walk over to the Gallery

In conjunction with the symposium, there will be a special Sinatra photo exhibition in Pollak Gallery. Click here for details. 

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Grammy Museum Affiliation, Arts at Monmouth, Wilson Hall, Workshops, Q&As, Classes, Special Event