Interview with Michael Smuin and review notes, Meadowland Festival, 1977
NamesSmuin, Michael (Interviewee)Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-07
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-839
TopicsRorem, Ned, 1923- -- Eleven studies for eleven playersSan Francisco BalletDance companies -- Economic aspects
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1977 San Francisco (Calif.)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.Acquisition: Gift Walter TerryContent: 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].Content: 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.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 58 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is good. The recording is marred by occasional gaps and extraneous noise, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview 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.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 82403206NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118668Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fc4894f0-795f-0136-6e80-6b61ede42069
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