February 13th, 2012
Saturday January 7 2012 8h00
An encore presentation of Carl Stone’s radio interview with art and music patron Betty Freemen (1921-2009). Betty Freeman had made (since 1961) 432 grants and commissions to 81 composers, often early in their careers.The composers she assisted included Lou Harrison, John Cage, La Monte Young, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, and many others. Cage dedicated his Freeman Etudes to her. Lou Harrison dedicated his Serenade for Betty Freeman and Franco Assetto to her and her husband, Steve Reich dedicated Variations for Winds, Strings, and Keyboards and Vermont Counterpoint to her, and John Adams’s opera Nixon in China was dedicated to her. The American gamelan Si Betty, built by Harrison and William Colvig in 1979, was named for her.
Carl’s interview, recorded in the nineties, will be broadcast on KUSC-fm, and can be heard in the Southern California area at 91.5 mHz, or on the internet at http://www.kusc.org/listenonline/index.aspx. The interview will also be available at the Arts Alive archives: http://www.kusc.org/artsalive/
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