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Cunard Cruises announces on-board lectures and jazz performances for Queen Mary 2

Date Posted: 09 Feb 2010
Cunard Cruises has announced that its transatlantic crossings in April on Queen Mary 2 will feature two big attractions in the form of a lecture series and a selection of live jazz performances.

The lectures, on the subject of the 'special relationship' between the US and UK, will be conducted by ambassadors, statesmen, politicians and journalists - with all guests welcome to attend.

Some of the big names sharing their thoughts on the two nations include Jeffrey Weinberg, legislative attorney to the White House office of management and budget under the past seven presidents, and Iwan Morgan, professor of US studies at the University of London.

Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line, said: "When Cunard began its transatlantic liner service 170 years ago, it began a tradition of bridging the UK and the US.

"With this programme, we will bring to life and explore the historical connection between these two countries with our guests, who have expressed great interest in the subject."

In addition to intellectual discussions aboard transatlantic crossings on Queen Mary 2, guests can enjoy jazz performances from students and staff of the Juilliard School in the Royal Court Theatre.

Juilliard is a world famous performing arts school and the jazz presentations are sure to be of a great standard if last August's performance by Juilliard jazz scholar Jumaane Smith is anything to go by.

The student's trumpet recital proved very popular with guests and whet the appetite for a series that features performances on trombone, saxophone and guitar.

Commenting on the partnership between Cunard and Juilliard, Dr Laurie Carter, the school's vice president and general counsel, said: "At Juilliard, we seek to foster the skills of our musicians, while helping them share their gifts with the world.

"With these special performances, we are proud to be able to provide them the opportunity to do so and, in return, bestow upon them what are sure to be unforgettable journeys."ADNFCR-657-ID-19604255-ADNFCR

Cunard Cruises announces on-board lectures and jazz performances for Queen Mary 2

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