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During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, two violinmakers from the same small town were making the most sought-after violins ever created. Everyone has heard of Antonio Stradivari, but few know the name Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. Through interviews with historians, experts, luthiers, and virtuosos, this documentary tells the story of these two masters of violinmaking and their instruments.
If being the son of African musical legend Fela is a burden, you’d never know it from meeting Seun Kuti. He carries his inheritance with modesty and style. When Fela died in 1997, Seun assumed leadership of his father’s band, Egypt 80. He was only 14. It was an audacious move, but it worked. He kept the flame burning.
Bill T. Jones, the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant and winner of two Tony Awards, has been named "an irreplaceable treasure" by the The Dance Heritage Coalition. Above all, he is a socially conscious choreographer who never shies away from controversy -- tackling thorny subjects such as race and politics with elegance and intelligence, artistry and originiality.
Experience Hans Christian Andersen's haunting tale of love with San Francisco Ballet's production of John Neumeier's inventive ballet. The original score is by young Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach.
The 4-string tenor and plectrum banjos came to the fore in vaudeville, early dance bands and jazz around WWI. Its heyday barely lasted through the Twenties, however, and it survived mostly among hobbyists and nostalgia purveyors like Shakey's Pizza Parlors. Breaking the mold is New Jersey-born Cynthia Sayer who plays hot, swinging jazz on the plectrum banjo and performed with Woody Allen's band.
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