<p>SOUTHAMPTON, England, <chron>Jan. 7</chron> /CNW/ -- Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, is pleased to announce a partnership with The Juilliard School that will present stellar jazz performances on select 2010 eastbound Transatlantic Crossings aboard <person>Queen Mary</person> 2. Students and faculty from Juilliard, which has set America's standard for education in the performing arts, will perform programmes in the ship's <person>Royal Court</person> Theatre, treating guests to the best in classic and contemporary jazz. These presentations are part of Cunard's entertainment and award-winning enrichment programme, which showcases a variety of compelling entertainers - from new and emerging world-class talent to today's most enduring and iconic artists. Last August, Juilliard Jazz scholar Jumaane Smith became the first student from the school to take the stage onboard <person>Queen Mary</person> 2, presenting a trumpet recital that proved to be very popular with the voyage's guests.</p>
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<p>The Juilliard School established this country's standard for education in the performing arts, beginning with music in 1905. In 1951, its Dance Division was established, with combined training in contemporary and ballet technique. Juilliard became part of <person>Lincoln Center</person> in 1968, and added a four-year drama program. A residence hall - the School's first - was completed in 1990, and in 2001, Juilliard broke new ground with the addition of its jazz program; a graduate program in Historical Performance begins in Fall 2009, the same year that Juilliard inaugurates its partnership with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann <person>Young Artist</person> Development Program. As Juilliard commences its second century of excellence, it is expanding its facilities with a 39,000 square-foot addition, due for completion in 2009. Currently more than 800 young artists from 39 states (plus Washington, D.C.) and 46 foreign countries attend Juilliard. For more information, visit Juilliard's Web site at <a href="http://www.juilliard.edu">www.juilliard.edu</a>.</p>
About Cunard Line
<p>Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners <person>Queen Mary</person> 2 and <person>Queen Victoria</person>, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travelers who seek a civilized adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White <person>Star Service</person>(TM), gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922. <person>Queen Elizabeth</person> joins the fleet in <chron>October 2010</chron>.</p>
<p>Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland <person>America Line</person>, <person>Princess Cruises</person>, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.</p>
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