Friday, August 24, 2012

Keith Brown Features Frederick Delius "A Village Romeo and Juliet"

Be sure to tune in this Sunday, August 26 from 1:00 – 4:30pm (Eastern US Time) to listen to Keith Brown's "Sunday Afternoon at the Opera" featuring the works of Frederick Delius on WWUH 91.3 FM in Hartford, Connecticut.

You can also listen live online at this link.

This will be the eighth time over three decades of opera broadcasting that Keith Brown will present the best known opera of Frederick Delius (1860-1934), the one that is regarded as his masterpiece: A Village Romeo and Juliet (1907).

217 Records founder Michael Maglaras was interviewed for this broadcast. He served as executive producer for Stone Records' release of Volumes 1 and 2 of the Complete Delius Songbook. Performed by the distinguished English baritone Mark Stone, accompanied at the piano by the renowned composer and conductor Stephen Barlow. These two CDs can be purchased from or Amazon at these links: Volume 1 | Volume 2.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lynd Ward Documentary to Screen at Woody Guthrie Centennial

217 Films’ new documentary on Lynd Ward returns to State College for encore screening at Woody Guthrie Centennial: Filmmaker Michael Maglaras and Robin Ward Savage will also present at Penn State’s Woody at 100 Conference

On Friday, September 7th, Filmmaker Michael Maglaras returns to State College, Pennsylvania for a special encore screening of “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” as part of the Woody Guthrie Centennial. This new film includes recently rediscovered 1930s footage of Ward at work and had its world premiere at Penn State University Libraries in April.

This encore screening is part of the Woody Guthrie Centennial.

“O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” will be shown on Friday, September 7 at 12:45pm at The State Theatre, 130 West College Ave., in State College. Admission is $1. The film will be introduced by filmmaker Michael Maglaras.

Lynd Ward (1905–1985), is the father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific book illustrators and printmakers in the history of American art. He is best known for his six “novels without words” produced between 1929 and 1937. His work chronicles American life in the 20th century, and demonstrates his deep personal commitment to social justice and the plight of the workingman surrounding the years of the Great Depression.

Featuring more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this important American artist and storyteller, the 90-minute film brings the creativity of Ward to life and illustrates his mastery of narrative without text.

On Saturday, September 8 at 10:50am Maglaras and Robin Ward Savage, the artist’s daughter, will take part in a panel discussion about the film as part of Penn State's Woody at 100 Conference.

More about 217 Films: 217 Films is an independent film company founded by Michael Maglaras. The Sacramento Bee newspaper called Maglaras a filmmaker of "Bergman-like gravitas." His work has been described as "virtuoso filmmaking" (National Gallery of Art), "alive and fresh" (Art New England), and "elegiac and insightful" (Naples Daily News).

A preview of the film and other projects by 217 Films can be viewed at this link.