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Morning Concert:
Tribute to Betty Freeman

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 111 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

In honor of her 70th birthday, Betty Freeman appears on the Morning Concert, hosted by Charles Amirkhanian. Freeman shares anecdotes from her long career, first as a budding pianist and then as a supporter of contemporary composers such as Harry Partch, John Cage, and La Monte Young. Freeman also describes her work as a photographer of composers, and gives her opinions about listening to and loving new music. Musical excerpts include the “Goldberg Variations” by J. S. Bach, and “Freeman Etudes” by John Cage. Featured works include Lou Harrison's “Piano Concerto”, performed by Keith Jarrett and the New Japan Philharmonic, conducted by Naoto Otomo, Daniel Lentz's “The Crack in the Bell” with vocalist Jessica Lowe, and selections from Terry Riley's “Salome Dances for Peace”, and John Adams' “Nixon in China”. Also included is an interview at end of the program with sculptor Rafael Buñuel of Los Angeles, regarding his show at the Henry Miller Archive in Big Sur. (Note: Buñuel is the son of the filmmaker Luis Buñuel.)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Goldberg Variations [excerpt] / J. S. Bach -- Freeman Etudes [excerpt] / John Cage -- Delusion of the Fury [excerpt] (1966) / Harry Partch -- Piano Concerto (1985) / Lou Harrison
Performers:  Ensemble of Unique Instruments (Delusion)
Danlee Mitchell, conductor (Delusion)
New Japan Philharmonic (Concerto)
Naoto Otomo, conductor (Concerto)
Keith Jarrett, piano (Concerto)
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Freeman, Betty; Prokofiev, Sergey, 1891-1953; Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich, 1906-1975; Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971; Johnston, Ben; Boulez, Pierre, 1925-; Young, La Monte; Berio, Luciano, 1925-2003; Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-; Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987; Zazeela, Marian ; Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951; Schnittke, Alfred, 1934-1998; Pärt, Arvo; Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 ; Donatoni, Franco, 1927-2000; Lachenmann, Helmut; Riley, Terry, 1935-; Adams, John, 1947-; Smith, Eugene ; Weegee, 1899-1968; Fellig, Arthur H., 1899-1968; Sellers, Peter, 1925-1980; Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862; Arditti String Quartet; San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; Music America loves best (Victrola (Firm)); Composers; Photography; 20th century classical; New music; Piano music; Time
People:  Freeman, Betty; Amirkhanian, Charles; Partch, Harry, 1901-1974; Cage, John; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Mitchell, Danlee; Otomo, Naoto, 1958-; Jarrett, Keith
Recording Date:  6/14/1991
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  The Crack in the Bell (1986) / Daniel Lentz [text from "next to of course god america i" by e. e. cummings ] -- Salome Dances for Peace (1985-87) [excerpt] / Terry Riley -- Nixon in China [excerpt] (1985-87) / John Adams
Performers:  Jessica Lowe, vocalist (Crack in the Bell )
Kronos Quartet, string quartet (Salome)
Sanford Sylvan, vocalist (Nixon in China )
Carolann Page, vocalist (Nixon in China )
Orchestra of St. Luke's (Nixon in China)
Edo de Waart, conductor (Nixon in China )
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Freeman, Betty; Buñuel, Luis, 1900-1983; Bunuel, Jean-Louis; Henry Miller Memorial Library; 20th century classical; Operas -- Excerpts; String quartets; New music; Sculpture; Motion picture producers and directors
People:  Freeman, Betty; Amirkhanian, Charles; Lentz, Daniel, 1942-; Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962; Buñuel, Rafael ; Lowe, Jessica; Sylvan, Sanford; Page, Carolann; Waart, Edo de
Recording Date:  6/14/1991
 
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