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Mr. George Shirley Irving

Chipola Voice Professor

Metropolitan Opera Company

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Metropolitan Opera Company

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New York, New York 10023

United States

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Founded in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera is the largest performing arts organization in the United States, and one of the premiere opera companies in the world. The Met gives over 200 performances of staged opera per year, with a repertory of around 25 ope ... more

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Employment History

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Affiliations

Professor Emeritus
University of MI

Board Member
The Voice Foundation

Professor Emeritus
U of Michigan

Advisory Board Member
Nickel City Opera

Member
Omicron Delta Kappa

Member
alpha phi alpha fraternity

Member
Pi Kappa Lambda

Member
The American Academy of Teachers of Singing Inc

Member
Phi Kappa Phi

Position, Boards of Directors
National Opera Association

Board Member
William Matheus Sullivan Foundation

Secretary
Saint Margaret Rochester

Member
Shirley Association

Professor, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance
University of Michigan

African-American Member
U.S. Army Chorus

Senior Fellow
University of Michigan Society of Fellows

Founding Member
Scottish Library Association

Secretary
The Antiquarian Society Limited

Board Member
University of Michigan Musical Society

Executive Board
Horace H. Rackham Graduate School of the University of Michigan

Board Member
Sullivan Foundation

Founder
Drummond & Shirley Australia Pty

Founder
Opera Ebony

Member
Asian Youth Festival

Member
Methodist church

Education



Hart Hall

B.S.

Master Teachers

Colorado State University

Master of Music degree

Manhattan School

Musical Master Class

bachelor's degree
music education
Wayne State University

bachelors degree

Heriot's School , Edinburgh

honorary degrees

Lake Forest College

honorary degrees

Montclair State College

honorary degrees

Wilberforce University

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Chipola voice professor Dr. Christina ...

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Chipola voice professor Dr. Christina Villaverde-Cámara poses with George Shirley, the first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera.

Chipola voice professor Dr. Christina Villaverde-Cámara poses with George Shirley, the first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Two of those artists were George Shirley, the first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera, and Margo Garrett, world renowned collaborative pianist currently on faculty at the Juilliard School in New York City.
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Shirley was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award during the conference.


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George Shirley
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 • 7:30 p.m. • Salon EF (4th floor)
George Shirley, a longtime NATS member and one of America's most versatile tenors and enlightened musicians, will be honored during the 53rd NATS National Conference with the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. Shirley has on a number of occasions served as one of four Master Teachers for the NATS Intern Program, most recently in June 2012 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. He also remains in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher and lecturer. Shirley originally joined NATS in 1981.
About George Shirley
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One of America's most versatile tenors and enlightened musicians, George Shirley remains in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher, and lecturer. As performer, George Shirley has won international acclaim for his performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera (Covent Garden, London), Deutsche Opera (Berlin), Teatro Colòn, (Buenos Aires), Netherlands Opera (Amsterdam), L'Opéra (Monte Carlo), New York City Opera, Scottish Opera (Glasgow), Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Glyndebourne Festival, and Santa Fe Opera, among others. He was the first black tenor and second African American male to sing leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained for 11 years as leading artist.
Throughout his 54-year career he has sung with major symphony orchestras around the globe including the Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Royal Philharmonic (London), New York Philharmonic, BBC, San Francisco, ORF (Vienna), New Philharmonia (London), and the Detroit Symphony. Conductors with whom Mr. Shirley has collaborated include Sir Georg Solti, Otto Klemperer, Igor Stravinsky, Jascha Horenstein, Sixten Erling, Eugene Ormandy, Sir Adrian Boult, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf, Bernard Haitink, Hans Swarovsky, Josef Krips, Leonard Bernstein, James DePreist, Fausto Cleva, Boris Goldovsky, Thomas Schippers, John Pritchard, Jorge Mester, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Muti, Dennis Russell Davies, Karl Böhm, Henry Lewis, Julius Rudel, Edo deWaart, John Nelson, Andrew Litton, and Herbert von Karajan.
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A recording in a somewhat new field for George Shirley was released on the CAPRICCIO label in the fall of 1996; it features the tenor as narrator of two poems by James Forsyth, Spirit of St. Louis and Ruth, set to the music of the late Franz Waxman; the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin is conducted by Lawrence Foster.
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Each album consists of three CDs spanning 5 decades of opera and concert performances that capture, much of it in "real time," the diversity of repertoire that characterizes the profile of George Shirley's career.
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On April 9, 1994, George Shirley was inducted into the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts Hall of Fame, along with Metropolitan Opera colleagues Tatiana Troyanos (post.), Charles Anthony, and Dominic Cossa.
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Mr. Shirley sang the role of Herod Antipas in Richard Strauss' opera Salome with soprano Maria Ewing in the title role in the inaugural season of the Michigan Opera Theater's new Detroit Opera House in June, 1996.
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In May, 1999, George Shirley performed the narrations in Charles Ives' symphonic work Three Places in New England with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Adams.
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In October 2005 Mr. Shirley combined forces again with William Bolcom at the piano to perform an aria from the composer's opera A View from the Bridge at the dedication of the new Arthur Miller Theatre on the campus of The University of Michigan.
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As a teacher, George Shirley was selected as one of the Distinguished Scholar-Teachers for the school year 1985-86 at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he served as Professor of Voice from 1980 to 1987. In 1979 he was selected Andrew W. Mellon Humanist-in-Residence in the College of Liberal Arts at Howard University, and returned to that historic institution in 1986 as Visiting Professor in the Department of Music.
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George Shirley - Lifetime Achievement Award


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What's New > George Shirley to be honored with NATS Lifetime Achievement Award
George Shirley to be honored with NATS Lifetime Achievement Award posted on 12:12 PM, April 29, 2014
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George Shirley, a longtime NATS member and one of America's most versatile tenors and enlightened musicians, will be honored during the 53rd NATS National Conference with the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. Shirley has on a number of occasions served as one of four Master Teachers for the NATS Intern Program, most recently in June 2012 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. He also remains in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher and lecturer. Shirley originally joined NATS in 1981.
ABOUT GEORGE SHIRLEY
One of America's most versatile tenors and enlightened musicians, George Shirley remains in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher, and lecturer.
As performer, George Shirley has won international acclaim for his performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera (Covent Garden, London), Deutsche Oper (Berlin), Teatro Colòn, (Buenos Aires), Netherlands Opera (Amsterdam), L'Opéra (Monte Carlo), New York City Opera, Scottish Opera (Glasgow), Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Glyndebourne Festival, and Santa Fe Opera, among others. He was the first black tenor and second African-American male to sing leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained for eleven years as leading artist. Throughout his 54-year career he has sung with major symphony orchestras around the globe including the Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Royal Philharmonic (London), New York Philharmonic, BBC, San Francisco, ORF (Vienna), New Philharmonia (London), and the Detroit Symphony. Conductors with whom Mr. Shirley has collaborated include Sir Georg Solti, Otto Klemperer, Igor Stravinsky, Jascha Horenstein, Sixten Erling, Eugene Ormandy, Sir Adrian Boult, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf, Bernard Haitink, Hans Swarovsky, Josef Krips, Leonard Bernstein, James DePreist, Fausto Cleva, Boris Goldovsky, Thomas Schippers, John Pritchard, Jorge Mester, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Muti, Dennis Russell Davies, Karl Böhm, Henry Lewis, Julius Rudel, Edo deWaart, John Nelson, Andrew Litton, and Herbert von Karajan.
...
A recording in a somewhat new field for George Shirley was released on the CAPRICCIO label in the fall of 1996; it features the tenor as narrator of two poems by James Forsyth, Spirit of St. Louis and Ruth, set to the music of the late Franz Waxman; the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin is conducted by Lawrence Foster.
...
Each album consists of three CDs spanning 5 decades of opera and concert performances that capture, much of it in "real time," the diversity of repertoire that characterizes the profile of George Shirley's career.
...
On April 9, 1994, George Shirley was inducted into the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts Hall of Fame, along with Metropolitan Opera colleagues Tatiana Troyanos (post.), Charles Anthony, and Dominic Cossa.
...
r. Shirley sang the role of Herod Antipas in Richard Strauss' opera Salome with soprano Maria Ewing in the title role in the inaugural season of the Michigan Opera Theater's new Detroit Opera House in June, 1996.
...
In May, 1999, George Shirley performed the narrations in Charles Ives' symphonic work Three Places in New England with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Adams.
...
In October 2005 Mr. Shirley combined forces again with William Bolcom at the piano to perform an aria from the composer's opera A View from the Bridge at the dedication of the new Arthur Miller Theatre on the campus of The University of Michigan.
...
As teacher, George Shirley was selected as one of the Distinguished Scholar-Teachers for the school year 1985-86 at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he served as Professor of Voice from 1980 to 1987. In 1979 he was selected Andrew W. Mellon Humanist-in-Residence in the College of Liberal Arts at Howard University, and returned to that historic institution in 1986 as Visiting Professor in the Department of Music. The University of Iowa, Montclair State College (New Jersey), Howard University, Morgan State University, The University of the District of Columbia, Montgomery College (Maryland), the Baltimore School for the Arts, Hampton University (Virginia), the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music (NYC), Rust College (Mississippi), Louisiana State University, the Aspen Music School, the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria), and The Cape Town (South Africa) School of Music are a few of the institutions that over the years have availed themselves of Professor Shirley's skills as Master Class Teacher, Artist-in-Residence, or Visiting Professor. George Shirley was invited to join the distinguished faculty of the School of Music of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in September, 1987; three months later he was accorded the honor of conducting the opening Master Class at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. In 1988 Dr. Shirley was invited to join the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he subsequently taught and performed for a period of ten years. Two weeks of the summer of 1992 were spent as guest faculty at the renowned Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. At their July, 1992 meeting, the University of Michigan Board of Regents named George Shirley The Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music.
Professor Shirley spent the Fall Semester of school year 1995-96 as Visiting Scholar at the National Center for Voice and Speech at the University of Iowa, pursuing research in Voice Science with Dr. Ingo Titze, one of the world's leading researchers in that field.
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In June, 1999, George Shirley was appointed Director of the Vocal Arts Division of the University of Michigan School of Music.
Professor Shirley has on a number of occasions served as one of four Master Teachers for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Annual Intern Program for Young Teachers, most recently in June, 2012 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. In December, 2013 he spent a week teaching performance classes as guest of a high school associated with The China Conservatory in Beijing. He also coached repertoire for members of the faculty of the school.
As lecturer and adjudicator, Mr. Shirley has traveled across the nation presenting distinctive insights into traditional music, music written for the concert stage, the role of the musical performer, and especially the singular role of black composers and performers. Some of his presentations have included the lecture/demonstration "The Music of Black Folk: From Africa to the New World" at Howard University; the lecture "The Black Singer" for the Wisconsin State Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing; the lecture/recital "The Songs of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor" for The University of Michigan Society of Fellows; and, most recently, the lecture "The Molding of the Arts in America via the African American Experience: The Arduous Expedition from Sambo to Rodolfo, Tamino, and Otello" for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan. He has also participated on numerous scholarly panels and has judged major vocal competitions in the United States and Canada, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the initial University of Maryland International Marian Anderson Vocal Arts Competition. In late October of 1993, Professor Shirley served as Finals Judge of the prestigious Mobil Song Quest in Wellington, New Zealand. He then gave masterclasses at the Adam Concert Hall of the School of Music at Victoria University in Wellington, at Marama Hall on the campus of Otago University in Dunedin, and at the Music Theatre of the School of Music at the University of Auckland. Since March, 1994, he has on numerous occasions adjudicated the SAVANNAH ONSTAGE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL's American Traditions Competition, a unique singing contest that celebrates American music, i.e. jazz, blues, gospel, spirituals, musical theater, country and western, and American operas such as PORGY & BESS. He has since 2000 served on the Board of Directors of the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation. In February 2007 he was invited to join the distinguished panel of judges for the George London Foundation Vocal Competition, and in August he served as a member of the international panel of judges at the Asian Youth Festival in Singapore.
The City of Detroit and


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What's New > George Shirley to be honored with NATS Lifetime Achievement Award

George Shirley to be honored with NATS Lifetime Achievement Award posted on 12:12 PM, April 29, 2014
George-Shirley.gif
George Shirley, a longtime NATS member and one of America's most versatile tenors and enlightened musicians, will be honored during the 53rd NATS National Conference with the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. Shirley has on a number of occasions served as one of four Master Teachers for the NATS Intern Program, most recently in June 2012 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. He also remains in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher and lecturer. Shirley originally joined NATS in 1981.
ABOUT GEORGE SHIRLEY
One of America's most versatile tenors and enlightened musicians, George Shirley remains in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher, and lecturer.
As performer, George Shirley has won international acclaim for his performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera (Covent Garden, London), Deutsche Oper (Berlin), Teatro Colòn, (Buenos Aires), Netherlands Opera (Amsterdam), L'Opéra (Monte Carlo), New York City Opera, Scottish Opera (Glasgow), Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Glyndebourne Festival, and Santa Fe Opera, among others. He was the first black tenor and second African-American male to sing leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained for eleven years as leading artist. Throughout his 54-year career he has sung with major symphony orchestras around the globe including the Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Royal Philharmonic (London), New York Philharmonic, BBC, San Francisco, ORF (Vienna), New Philharmonia (London), and the Detroit Symphony. Conductors with whom Mr. Shirley has collaborated include Sir Georg Solti, Otto Klemperer, Igor Stravinsky, Jascha Horenstein, Sixten Erling, Eugene Ormandy, Sir Adrian Boult, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf, Bernard Haitink, Hans Swarovsky, Josef Krips, Leonard Bernstein, James DePreist, Fausto Cleva, Boris Goldovsky, Thomas Schippers, John Pritchard, Jorge Mester, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Muti, Dennis Russell Davies, Karl Böhm, Henry Lewis, Julius Rudel, Edo deWaart, John Nelson, Andrew Litton, and Herbert von Karajan.
...
A recording in a somewhat new field for George Shirley was released on the CAPRICCIO label in the fall of 1996; it features the tenor as narrator of two poems by James Forsyth, Spirit of St. Louis and Ruth, set to the music of the late Franz Waxman; the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin is conducted by Lawrence Foster.
...
Each album consists of three CDs spanning 5 decades of opera and concert performances that capture, much of it in "real time," the diversity of repertoire that characterizes the profile of George Shirley's career.
...
On April 9, 1994, George Shirley was inducted into the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts Hall of Fame, along with Metropolitan Opera colleagues Tatiana Troyanos (post.), Charles Anthony, and Dominic Cossa.
...
r. Shirley sang the role of Herod Antipas in Richard Strauss' opera Salome with soprano Maria Ewing in the title role in the inaugural season of the Michigan Opera Theater's new Detroit Opera House in June, 1996.
...
In May, 1999, George Shirley performed the narrations in Charles Ives' symphonic work Three Places in New England with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Adams.
...
In October 2005 Mr. Shirley combined forces again with William Bolcom at the piano to perform an aria from the composer's opera A View from the Bridge at the dedication of the new Arthur Miller Theatre on the campus of The University of Michigan.
...
As teacher, George Shirley was selected as one of the Distinguished Scholar-Teachers for the school year 1985-86 at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he served as Professor of Voice from 1980 to 1987. In 1979 he was selected Andrew W. Mellon Humanist-in-Residence in the College of Liberal Arts at Howard University, and returned to that historic institution in 1986 as Visiting Professor in the Department of Music. The University of Iowa, Montclair State College (New Jersey), Howard University, Morgan State University, The University of the District of Columbia, Montgomery College (Maryland), the Baltimore School for the Arts, Hampton University (Virginia), the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music (NYC), Rust College (Mississippi), Louisiana State University, the Aspen Music School, the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria), and The Cape Town (South Africa) School of Music are a few of the institutions that over the years have availed themselves of Professor Shirley's skills as Master Class Teacher, Artist-in-Residence, or Visiting Professor. George Shirley was invited to join the distinguished faculty of the School of Music of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in September, 1987; three months later he was accorded the honor of conducting the opening Master Class at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. In 1988 Dr. Shirley was invited to join the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he subsequently taught and performed for a period of ten years. Two weeks of the summer of 1992 were spent as guest faculty at the renowned Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. At their July, 1992 meeting, the University of Michigan Board of Regents named George Shirley The Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music.
Professor Shirley spent the Fall Semester of school year 1995-96 as Visiting Scholar at the National Center for Voice and Speech at the University of Iowa, pursuing research in Voice Science with Dr. Ingo Titze, one of the world's leading researchers in that field.
...
In June, 1999, George Shirley was appointed Director of the Vocal Arts Division of the University of Michigan School of Music.
Professor Shirley has on a number of occasions served as one of four Master Teachers for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Annual Intern Program for Young Teachers, most recently in June, 2012 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. In December, 2013 he spent a week teaching performance classes as guest of a high school associated with The China Conservatory in Beijing. He also coached repertoire for members of the faculty of the school.
As lecturer and adjudicator, Mr. Shirley has traveled across the nation presenting distinctive insights into traditional music, music written for the concert stage, the role of the musical performer, and especially the singular role of black composers and performers. Some of his presentations have included the lecture/demonstration "The Music of Black Folk: From Africa to the New World" at Howard University; the lecture "The Black Singer" for the Wisconsin State Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing; the lecture/recital "The Songs of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor" for The University of Michigan Society of Fellows; and, most recently, the lecture "The Molding of the Arts in America via the African American Experience: The Arduous Expedition from Sambo to Rodolfo, Tamino, and Otello" for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan. He has also participated on numerous scholarly panels and has judged major vocal competitions in the United States and Canada, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the initial University of Maryland International Marian Anderson Vocal Arts Competition. In late October of 1993, Professor Shirley served as Finals Judge of the prestigious Mobil Song Quest in Wellington, New Zealand. He then gave masterclasses at the Adam Concert Hall of the School of Music at Victoria University in Wellington, at Marama Hall on the campus of Otago University in Dunedin, and at the Music Theatre of the School of Music at the University of Auckland. Since March, 1994, he has on numerous occasions adjudicated the SAVANNAH ONSTAGE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL's American Traditions Competition, a unique singing contest that celebrates American music, i.e. jazz, blues, gospel, spirituals, musical theater, country and western, and American operas such as PORGY & BESS. He has since 2000 served on the Board of Directors of the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation. In February 2007 he was invited to join the distinguished panel of judges for the George London Foundation Vocal Competition, and in August he served as a member of the international panel of judges at the Asian Youth Festival in Singapore.
The City of Detroit and the State of Michigan have honored this Wayne State University graduate on numerous occasions. From his Alma Mater Professor Shirley has received both the Alumni Association and Arts Achievement Awards. In November, 1996 h


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George Irving Shirley, Gamma Omicron (Wayne State) 1953 George Shirley is a Grammy award winning, internationally acclaimed singer and lecturer. After teaching in the Detroit Public School System early in his career, he became the first African-American singer in the United States Army Chorus. After being discharged, he began a career with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he was the first ever African-American tenor to sing for the Met. He also toured with several other internationally acclaimed opera houses. His performance and recording career has spanned the globe, and included his 1968 Grammy award for his role (Ferrando) in the RCA recording of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. Shirley currently holds the title of Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.

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