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Paul Robeson: Songs of Freedom—A Documentary

Songs of Freedom is a showcase for the great voice of Paul Robeson. It exposes the desperate attempts of the FBI and other secret services in America to stop his playing and to discredit him. It reveals that his actual life was in danger as long as he continued along the path of international socialism. Robeson never compromised, and it put an end to his domestic career. Abroad, he was a hero.
2017; 2008

The Science of Learning (to Play the Guitar)

One of our most eminent neuroscientists spent a year teaching himself to play the guitar. Why? Scientist Gary Marcus was keenly interested in how the brain can essentially rewire itself to make up for deficits caused by trauma. In the presence of Vernon Reid, #66 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Gary Marcus discusses the experience of learning to play and the impulses that brought him to music. Presented in association with Urban Zen.
2017; 2012

Notes From a Diva

The diva in question is Australian soprano Joan Sutherland, in her first television masterclass. Together with fellow opera stars Ileana Cotrubas and Tom Krause, she puts six contestants from the 1995 Cardiff Singer of the World competition through their paces.
2017; 1995

Talent Has Hunger

Talent Has Hunger is an inspiring film about the power of music to consume, enhance, and propel lives. Filmed over 7 years, the film is a window into the mysterious world of the artist, the passion that can grip and sustain a young player from childhood through the last days of life and the years of sacrifice and dedication a budding artist needs to fulfill one's talent. The film focuses on the challenges of guiding gifted young people through the struggles of mastering the cello. Through the words and actions of master cello teacher, Paul Katz, it's clear that this deep study of music not only prepares wonderful musicians, but builds self-esteem and a cultural and aesthetic character that will be profoundly important throughout his students' lives.
2017; 2016

Materia Wood

In Italy there’s a strong tradition of working with wood. In this documentary we start in the Forest of Violins in Paneveggio. Each tree is specially selected and felled for its quality grain. The forest is never over-harvested, with a mindfulness of preserving the forest and the traditional trees that are used to make the world’s finest violins and other objects of art. Visit schools and witness local carving traditions, like Krampus masks and other works of art surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the region.
2017; 2015

Pinchas Zukerman and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

A look at violinist Pinchas Zukerman and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
2018; 1982

Koerner, Ray, and Glover: Blues, Rags, and Hollers

This 1986 documentary, directed by Tony Glover himself, contains performances, interviews, and rare archival footage of the Koerner, Ray, and Glover acoustic blues trio. It's the story of three notable American music originals, told with characteristic wit, grit, and irreverence by those who lived it. This updated version of the original film includes 1995 and 2007 chapter updates, nine additional live performances from 1991 to 1999, album-by-album postscripts, and more. It also features special appearances by Willie Murphy and Bill Hinkley. This film was called “richly detailed” and “powerful” by Rolling Stone magazine.
2013; 2007

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.
2016; 1990