Memories of Ned Rorem (10.23.1923 – 11.18.2022)

Memories of Ned Rorem (10.23.1923 – 11.18.2022)

I was at work on my biography of Man Ray in the fall of 1984, chatting with Virgil Thomson at his rooms in the Chelsea Hotel, and he urged me to call upon the composer Ned Rorem -- "Man knew him in Paris in the '50's," Thomson told me. I was warmly welcomed by Rorem...

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Dance became truly modern @ NYPL/Lincoln Center

Dance became truly modern @ NYPL/Lincoln Center

Anne Souder (Soloist) and Xin Ying (Principal) of the Martha Graham Dance Company brought NB's new MG biography to life with their vivid performances of Ekstasis and Medea -- and MGDC Artistic Director Janet Eilber's astute questions -- before an attentive and...

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Today I put all of my MG research in the attic

Fourteen linear feet of handwritten research notes from countless library and archival sessions; printed out transcribed notes from listening to audiotaped interviews and sitting with Martha Graham dancers in cafes and studios and homes; downloaded typo-riddled...

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EVENTS – COMING UP – FOR NB’s MARTHA GRAHAM

EVENTS – COMING UP – FOR NB’s MARTHA GRAHAM

Thursday, October 27 – 7:00 p.m. Watchung Booksellers – Montclair, NJ - *** featured on Baristanet *** Tuesday, November 1 – NYU Biography Seminar Thursday, November 3 – 7:00 p.m.  92nd St. Y Roundtable – NYC – special ZOOM class! Tuesday & Wednesday,...

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Remembering Yuriko – February 2, 1920 – March 8, 2022

Remembering Yuriko – February 2, 1920 – March 8, 2022

It was July 12, 2014. I was one among many -- young students, seasoned faculty, seated and standing in the hushed audience at the Martha Graham School on NYC's upper east side, listening to Yuriko Kikuchi, at the young age of ninety-four, talk about her years with the...

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