Festival Schedule

This is the event schedule for the festival which took place in March, 2003. Click here to see photos of festival musicians, speakers, and participants.

Friday, March 21st, 2003

12:30pm Opening of the George Antheil Festival
— Welcoming remarks by Guy Livingston (Festival Director)
Introduction of guests, speakers, and panelists.
At the Conduit arts complex in Trenton, New Jersey. (Skyline Room)

1pm Lectures
— New Jersey Network Television: Screening of mini-documentary on George Antheil, directed by Eric Schultz (NJN, Trenton, NJ)
— Carlton Wilkinson (Composer) and Alan Mallach (Pianist and Scholar)
Antheil's Machine: Modernism in the Piano Works. Airplane Sonata. Yamaha Piano.
— Mauro Piccinini (University of Trieste, Italy)
Last Tangle in Paris

coffee break 3.30-4pm

4pm Round Table Discussion: Ballet frénetique: The Multiple Lives of George Antheil
— Moderated by Charles Amirkhanian (Executor, Antheil Estate, El Cerrito, CA)
Panelists: Guy Livingston (Festival Director), Mauro Piccinini (University of Trieste, Italy), Julia Schmidt-Pirro (Independent Scholar, Savannah, GA), Arthur Antheil McTighe (Nephew of the Composer, Trenton, NJ)

5:30pm Documentary Film: Bad Boy Made Good: The Revival of the 1924 Ballet mécanique
— Exclusive screening of Paul Lehrman’s new documentary: First public showing. Produced and Written by Paul D. Lehrman Directed and Edited by Ron Frank (Skyline Room)
dinner break 7-8:30pm (suggested dining at Maxine’s) Have an Antheil martini at the bar!

8:30pm Paris Cabaret. Maxine’s Restaurant, Trenton.
— Guy Livingston and Marni Rice present an evening of George Antheil’s jazz music and songs from the streets of Paris. Featuring music of Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf, and the world premiere of Antheil’s song Just One Moment Annabelle!
Also the Jazz Sonata and Sonata V.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2003

10am Lectures: The Magic of the Ballet mécanique (Skyline Room)
— Julia Schmidt-Pirro (Independent Scholar, Savannah, GA)
George Antheil's Ballet mécanique: “Extending into the Future”
— Paul Lehrman (Tufts University, Medford, MA)
The Mechanics of the Ballet mécanique
— Maurice Peress (Conductor, New York City)
Evolution of the Ballet mécanique music and film

Lunch break 1-2pm (Urban Word Café)

2pm Mini Concert: String Quartet (Skyline Room)
The Baudelaire String Quartet presents the 75th anniversary performance of George Antheil's Second String Quartet.

2:30pm Lectures: The Many Sides of George Antheil (Skyline Room)
— Tony Rothman (Bryn Mawr Department of Physics, Bryn Mawr, PA)
The Patent and the Movie Star
— Lynn Garafola (Barnard College, New York City)
Antheil and Balanchine: A Checkered Relationship
— Mary E. Davis (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH)
Antheil and African-American Music

coffee/cocktail break 5-5:30pm

5:30pm Round-Table: The Challenges of Antheil's Music
— Public Round Table: Moderated by Frank J. Oteri, (Editor, NewMusicBox, New York City). Panelists: Kyle Gann (Critic, The Village Voice, New York City), Mauro Piccinini (Scholar, University of Trieste, Italy), Nancy Rhodes (Director, Encompass Theater, New York City). Ed Matthew (G. Schirmer Inc. Publishing, New York City).

dinner 7-8:30pm (Urban Word Café or Conduit)

8:30pm Man and Machines Concert (Skyline Room)
— Screening of the 1927 Ballet mécanique film by Fernand Léger, reconstructed by Paul Lehrman, with music by George Antheil.
— Guy Livingston performs the Fifth Sonata and Sonate Sauvage of George Antheil. Yamaha S4 Piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services, New York City.

10pm Focus Dance Party presented by Vertigo Productions (Conduit Nightclub)
— Techno and house music mixed by guest DJs. Special remixes of George Antheil’s classic Ballet mécanique. Plus silent films of the 1920s. Admission $10.

All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of a $10 cover charge for the Status Dance Party on Saturday night.

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