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Interview with Michael Smuin and review notes, Meadowland Festival

Title
Interview with Michael Smuin and review notes, Meadowland Festival, 1977
Author
Smuin, Michael
Publication
1977

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Description
Two streaming audio files (approximately 58 minutes): digital
Donor/Sponsor
Oral History Archive. Gift of Walter Terry.
Subjects
Genre/Form
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Note
  • Interview with Michael Smuin conducted by Walter Terry in San Francisco, California in July, 1976, and Terry's notes on the Meadowland Festival at Dominican College, in San Rafael, California.
  • Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by occasional gaps and extraneous noise, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
Access (note)
  • Patrons may access streaming audio only on site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Funding (note)
  • The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Source (note)
  • Walter Terry
Call Number
*MGZTCO 3-839
OCLC
82403206
Author
Smuin, Michael, interviewee.
Title
Interview with Michael Smuin and review notes, Meadowland Festival, 1977
Production
1977
Type of Content
spoken word
Type of Medium
audio
Type of Carrier
online resource
Restricted Access
Patrons may access streaming audio only on site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Event
Recorded by Walter Terry 1977 San Francisco (Calif.)
Summary
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). Walter Terry speaks about the San Francisco Ballet and Michael Smuin, its director; the program Terry saw on July 28 including [John] McFall's Beethoven Quartets; Lew Christensen's Il distratto; and Michael Smuin's Songs of Mahler; the history of the company [this section of the recording ends at approximately 14:40 minutes]. Michael Smuin speaks with Terry about the renaissance of the company; the company's financial difficulties and how they were resolved; his night club act with Paula [Tracy] including his thoughts on ballet, vaudeville, and entertaining an audience; plans for future seasons; whether his background including the Mormon religion has influenced his work; dance companies and labor unions including the various unions at the company; the difficulty of making a profit [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 12 minutes). Michael Smuin speaks with Walter Terry about the possibility of forming a junior company; his thoughts on guest artists [interview ends at approximately 3:06]; Terry speaks about the dances he saw at the Meadowland Festival, directed by Norbert Vesak, at Dominican College [now Dominican University of California], at the Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, including dances choreographed to Ned Rorem's Eleven studies for eleven players; the theater, Forest Meadows Ampitheatre.
Funding
The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Original Version
Original format: one sound cassette (approximately 58 minutes); quarter-track; 1.875 ips; transferred to wav file and streaming file format in 2015: myd_mgztco3839_v01f01_sc and myd_mgztco3839_v01f02_sc.
Local Note
Former class mark: *MGZTC 3-839
Source
Gift Walter Terry
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Added Author
Smuin, Michael Interviews.
Terry, Walter, interviewer.
Added Title
Oral History Archive. Gift of Walter Terry.
Research Call Number
*MGZTCO 3-839
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