Music Meets Drama: “Antonia: A Portrait of a Girl”



Writing about symphony orchestra conductor Antonia Brico (1902-1989)
for the second time is kind of the honour. 
This previous Saturday, February 3rd, on the Museum of Fashionable Artwork
(MOMA) in New York Metropolis, I attended a displaying of the 1974 Academy Award
nominated documentary movie,  “Antonia: A Portrait of a Girl.” Within the viewers on
Saturday had been the film’s producers and administrators, Judy Collins and Jill
Godmilow, who spoke of their experiences making the documentary.

Within the late Nineteen Seventies, the film was proven on PBS, which I
watched as a result of I had met Dr. Brico in 1977 when she performed a live performance for a
summer time string program on the conservatory in Cincinnati.  What you see of her within the film is strictly
who she was in actual life; a devoted musician, exacting in rehearsals,
considerate and type. 

 “Antonia: A Portrait of a
has been remastered and is out there to look at on YouTube.  After you click on on the hyperlink, take 57
minutes to find out about this outstanding girl conductor who broke down limitations
within the Nineteen Thirties and confronted  discrimination her complete profession. 

There’s at all times a connection to Gena Branscombe
in my weblog!
  Within the small world of classical music Miss Branscombe and Antonia
Brico’s lives crossed paths.  Gena organized a gathering, gala live performance and
dinner for the New York Matinee Musicale in December 1935.
  She engaged composers Amy Seaside and Marion
Bauer in addition to Antonia Brico as audio system for the occasion. 




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