Interview with Ben Sommers, 1975

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Interview with Ben Sommers, 1975
Additional title: Sound of dance (Radio program)
Sommers, Ben, 1906-1985 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1975-10-20
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-539 (former)
Sommers, Ben, 1906-1985
Capezio Ballet Makers Inc
Association of American Dance Companies
Performing arts -- Awards
Radio programs
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Broadcast by WNCN-FM 1975, October 20, New York (N.Y.)
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
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 42 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is good.
Interview with Ben Sommers conducted by John Gruen as host on the radio station WNCN-FM, New York, on its series The sound of dance, for broadcast on October 20, 1975. Streaming file 1 (approximately 24 minutes). John Gruen introduces his guest, Ben Sommers; Ben Sommers and Gruen speak about Sommers' background, in particular his long relationship with the Capezio company [Capezio Ballet Makers Inc.] and his involvement in dance; the Capezio awards including some of the past recipients; Gruen speaks about three ballets, Balustrade, Stravinsky violin concerto, and Concerto barocco, which Balanchine choreographed to music for the violin and orchestra by Igor Stravinsky; Sommers speaks about how he became involved in dance and designing dance wear; Gruen and Sommers speak further about the Capezio awards; Gruen speaks about the new publication Young dancer [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2]. Streaming file 2 (approximately 18 minutes). Ben Sommers and John Gruen speak about the Association of American Dance Companies; Gruen speaks about Frederick Ashton's ballet Monotones nos. 1 and 2; [short gap; announcement by Gruen regarding an exhibition about Nijinsky]; Sommers speak about corporate support for the arts; the friendship between Anna Pavlova and Mrs. Capezio [Angelina Passone]; Gruen's closing remarks.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 82879911
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118331
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c570f810-b2a9-0133-235b-60f81dd2b63c
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Ben Sommers" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1975.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Ben Sommers" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 27, 2023.

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Interview with Ben Sommers