Capezio award ceremony, 1979

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Capezio award ceremony, 1979
Ailey, Alvin (Speaker)
Geldzahler, Henry (Speaker)
Faison, George, 1945- (Speaker)
Flack, Roberta (Speaker)
Sommers, Ben, 1906-1985 (Speaker)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979-04-23
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 5-478
Ailey, Alvin
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
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.
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 33 min.) : polyester; half-track; 1 7/8 ips; 5 in.
Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise from the microphone, but the speakers' voices are always easily intelligible.
Capezio award ceremony held on April.23, 1979 at the Library and Museum of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center [now The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts]. Henry Geldzahler, the master of ceremonies, Alvin Ailey, recipient of the award, George Faison, and Roberta Flack speak at the ceremony. The award is presented by Ben Sommers. Streaming audio file (approximately 33 minutes). [Ambient noise of crowded room]. Henry Geldzahler, Cultural Commissioner of New York City, introduces briefly Martha Hill, Jack Anderson, and Anna Kisselgoff (members of the Capezio Dance Awards committee), Roberta Flack, Alvin Ailey, George Faison, and the Capezio representatives: Alfred Terlizzi, Nicholas Terlizzi, and Ben Sommers; he speaks about possible causes for the current "dance explosion" in the United States; reads aloud a congratulatory telegram from U. S. Senator Jacob Javits; introduces the first speaker, George Faison; Faison speaks about Alvin Ailey and his cultural importance; Geldzahler introduces Roberta Flack in the course of which he tells an anecdote about Billy Graham; Roberta Flack speaks about Alvin Ailey and his work; Geldzahler introduces Ben Sommers who presents the award to Ailey; in accepting the award Ailey pays tribute to all the people who influenced and helped him; current problems in the dance world including the lack of reliable funding [applause]; Geldzahler's closing remarks.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 79850544
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118294
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 24f16000-c66d-0135-3147-0353c3136f81
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Capezio award ceremony" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Capezio award ceremony" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 20, 2024.

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Capezio award ceremony