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Someone Sang for Me: A Portrait of Educator Jane Sapp

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Someone Sang for Me is a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Julie Akeret profiling the critically acclaimed African-American singer and music educator Jane Sapp. Since 1989 Sapp has been based in Springfield, Massachusetts, where her music workshops with "at risk" youth are changing lives and animating the community. Someone Sang for Me showcases Sapp's work and places her squarely at the center of the arts and social change movement. The film weaves footage of Springfield young people rehearsing, performing, and discussing their experiences with interviews with Sapp, the young artists, community activists, and scholars who explore the ways art can be used to foster social change. The film explores the ways that music education can give young people the tools they need t [...]
Online
2002
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Bill Moyers Journal [electronic resource]: Choreographer Bill T. Jones and the Reimagining of Abraham Lincoln

At the close of Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial year, this edition of the Journal takes a different look at America's 16th president-through the eyes of critically acclaimed dance artist Bill T. Jones. In a groundbreaking work of choreography called Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray, Jones reimagines the iconic Lincoln. Bill Moyers speaks with Jones about his creative process, his insights into Lincoln, and how dance can offer a fresh perspective on the man who is arguably the most-studied president in U.S. history.
Online
2009
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Broadway Goes Hollywood [electronic resource]: Musical Comedy in American Cinema

Beginning with the release of The Jazz Singer in 1927, this program provides a detailed look inside that most distinctly American of film traditions, the musical comedy. Interviews with dancer Cyd Charisse, famous for her starring roles in MGM musicals, and Hermes Pan, renowned choreographer and collaborator with Fred Astaire, help to illuminate the advent and evolution of the genre. Excerpts and behind-the-scenes accounts from Singin' in the Rain, 42nd Street, Second Chorus, Flying Down to Rio, The Wizard of Oz, and many other films are included. Specific topics include the impact of the Hays Code, the influence of African-American dance styles, and the decline of the musical during the 1960s.
Online
2009; 2008
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Rock School

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A look at Philadelphia's Paul Green School of Rock Music, headed by former rock star aspirant Paul Green. An intense instructor, Green's students progress from group lessons to a showcase of their talents at a tribute concert to Frank Zappa in Germany.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Words and Music: Jeannette Haien

Jeannette Haien has spent more than thirty-five years of her life performing as a concert pianist and teaching her students the liberating beauty of classical music. With the publication of her novel, The All of It, Haien has turned to a new art form. In this program with Bill Moyers, she discusses her views on the form, composition, and performance of music. Whether at the keyboard or at the typewriter, Haien is concerned with artistic forms that both circumscribe and enhance our lives.
Online
2016; 1990