The “Martha Graham at the Library” Festival is in full-swing! We were thrilled to see many of you at the events on Thursday and Saturday of last week. As we get closer to the performances by the Martha Graham Dance Company (April 1-8pm; April 2-2pm & 8pm), we have a special treat for you. The Library of Congress commissioned filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz, who specializes in films about dance, to create a work about the “Martha Graham at the Library” Festival. In the film, Hurwitz tells the story of Martha Graham’s legacy at the Library of Congress, the impact of sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi, and the relationship between Aaron Copland and Irving Fine. You’ll also hear from Janet Eilber (Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company) and Pontus Lidberg (Choreographer) about Lidberg’s new dance work Woodland, which is set to Irving Fine’s Notturno for strings and harp. Woodland was co-commissioned by the Irving and Verna Fine Fund in the Library of Congress and the Martha Graham Dance Company. This commission commemorates the 90th anniversary of Concerts from the Library of Congress and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Click on the image below to view the film.
Special thanks to the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Gil Rose, conductor), whose recording of Fine’s Notturno for strings and harp (BMOP/sound 1041, 2015) is featured in Hurwitz’s video.