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September 29, 1997
Nathan Kroll Film Series at Library of Congress October 8-10
On Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., producer and filmmaker Nathan Kroll will kick off a series of three evenings devoted to some of the outstanding films about great performing artists he has made during his 60-year career of film, television, radio and sound recordings. Winner of three Peabody awards, an Emmy and first prizes at film festivals in Venice, Edinburgh, Berlin, Spain and France, Mr. Kroll is known for recording extraordinary encounters with some of the most important performing artists of our time.
All of the programs will be held in the Library's Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E. They will begin at 7 p.m. and will last for 90 minutes; no tickets are required. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the theater will open at 6:30 p.m.
Pablo Casals will be featured on Oct. 8 in a 60-minute Bell Telephone Hour: Casals at Marlboro (NBC, 1967) presentation with the cellist rehearsing Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony with a student orchestra at the Marlboro Music Festival and collaborating with violinist Alexander Schneider and pianist Rudolf Serkin. For the second part of the program, Mr. Kroll filmed one of Mr. Casal's masterclasses at the University of California at Berkeley in 1959 ( NET, 1962, 30 minutes).
The Oct. 9 program will be devoted to modern dance pioneer Martha Graham. Three 30-minute Nathan Kroll films will be shown: A Dancer's World (WQED, 1957); Martha Graham's Night Journey (NET, 1961, 30 minutes); and Appalachian Spring, Ms. Graham's landmark collaboration with composer Aaron Copland and set designer Isamu Noguchi for the Library of Congress, which premiered in the Coolidge Auditorium in 1944.
The final evening, Oct. 10, presents one of Mr. Kroll's Peabody award-winning films for Bell Telephone Hour: El Prado: Masterpieces and Music, which includes beautifully shot performances by Andres Segovia, soprano Victoria de los Angeles, pianist Alicia de Larrocha and flamenco artist Roque Montoya against a background of paintings by El Greco, V,lasquez and Goya (NBC, 1967, 60 minutes). Also shown that evening will be a 30-minute Segovia masterclass with a student working on Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Concerto in D for guitar and orchestra (WNET, 1966).
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