The filmmaker, music producer and dancer Eva Soltes has been at work on a documentary about the late Lou Harrison for at least a decade (and it probably feels even longer to her). The long awaited debut of “Lou Harrison: A World of Music” has finally been announced for Saturday, February 26 at the National Gallery in Washington DC. A DVD release of the film is eventually planned.
The premiere of “A World of Music” will take place the same week as two all-Harrison concerts, also in Washington:
All-Harrison gamelan concert by the Wesleyan University Gamelan, the Wesleyan Ensemble Singers, the Wesleyan University Orchestra
Friday, March 4 at the Indonesian Embassy.
The Post Classical Ensemble plays Harrison’s Piano Concerto and Strict Songs
Saturday, March 5 at the Liesner Auditorium.
Besides toiling at footage of Lou and his late partner Bill Colvig, Soltes also cares for the Harrison House. During his late years Lou envisioned a second home in the Joshua Tree desert of southern California. It was constructed using straw bales and stucco just one year before he died. Soltes has turned it into an artists retreat with occasional concerts offered for the public.
Snippets of the new film, including interviews with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Dennis Russell Davies are available at HarrisonDocumentary.com.
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