Fonds - Neal Kayan fonds

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Neal Kayan fonds

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  • 1970- 1978 (Creation)
    Kayan, Neal

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1 folder of textual material + 5 photographs

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([1928] - 1986)

Biographical history

Neal Kayan was born in Chicago, Illinois and began his professional career as a pianist at the age of sixteen playing for ballet classes. He later studied arranging, composing, orchestration and musical direction as well. He was a vocal coach for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and for the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. He has served as chorus master and associate conductor for both the Kansas City Starlight Theatre and the St. Louis Municipal Opera. He has also been the musical director for summer productions of musicals such as My Fair Lady, Showboat, South Pacific and West Side Story. He was the principal conductor for The Nutcracker production. He served as a piano soloist and conductor with the American Ballet Theatre and also performed with the Harkness Ballet. He became the musical director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1971. He returned to New York in 1979. Neal Kayan passed away on June 18, 1986 in New York, New York.

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The records of Neal Kayan came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as part of several transfers of records from the RWB.

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The Neal Kayan fonds includes the following series: newspaper articles (1971); biographical information (1973-1977); and photographs (1970 – 1978).

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No restrictions on access. Access to some sound recordings and moving images may be restricted for preservation reasons due to the age and fragility of the original storage media.

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The responsibility for conforming with copyright, libel and privacy legislation lies with the researcher.

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The American Ballet Theatre archives at the New York Public Library houses correspondence pertaining to Neal Kayan.

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See also the article written by Neal Kayan in the En Avant magazine dated September 1977

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