Daily Archives: March 24, 2011

An American In Paris: I Got Rhythm: Gene Kelly

Fazil Plays his arrangement of “Who Could Ask For Anything More”, from Pogy and Bess

An American In Paris (1951): Concert for Piano In F major

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 Based on compositions by George GershwinAn American In Paris, has entertained millions, thru great performances, dancers and singers.  In this scene pianist Oscar Levant in the role of a jobless concertmaster dreams about his performing 3rd Movement (Allegro Agitato) from Gershwin’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Major“, one of the best concerts ever composed, in a unique jazzy style, as colorful as the entire spectrum of the rainbow. 1951-2011, 60 years have passed and this music still “kicks”: It is a classic, by all means, a classic. Read more about the it at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_in_Paris_(film), and then may be you’ll enjoy singing in the rain for a little while.

Nuclear crisis highlights operator’s checkered pastBy David Fitzpatrick and Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations UnitMarch 23, 2011 1:59 p.m. EDT

Nuclear crisis highlights operator’s checkered past

Today’s Birthday: Ub Iwerks (1901), who helped build the Land Of Disney (aka Disney’s Empire)

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Ub Iwerks (1901)

After starting an unsuccessful art studio with Walt Disney, Iwerks continued working on film animation until Disney brought him to Hollywood in 1923 to help draw Alice in Cartoonland. Together, Disney and Iwerks created Mickey Mouse—drawn by Iwerks, with Disney providing the voice. Iwerks went on to develop many special effects for animated movies, winning Academy Awards in 1959 and 1965 for his technical contributions to motion pictures. What other cartoon characters did Iwerks create? More… Discuss