The Bald Soprano
The 1950 debut of Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano, a "mixture of social satire, Alice in Wonderland-type logic, verbal delirium and surrealist farce," stirred a sensation in Paris. For the fiftieth anniversary of the Theater of the Absurd's founding work, the piece has been adapted by The Center for Contemporary Opera into a delightful comic opera in English. $79.95
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Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music
One of Hollywood's most successful composers of film and television scores, including Conan the Barbarian, The Blue Lagoon, Free Willy, Robocop, Starship Troopers and Lonesome Dove, Basil Poledouris discusses his methods of composing, blended with behind-the-scenes footage of him at work on the score for Starship Troopers. $59.95
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Cuba Amor
Breathtaking views of Cuba's spectacular beaches, the famous Tropicana Nightclub, the natural wildlife of the tropical countryside, and Havana's historic streets are enhanced in this video by the sounds of salsa as performed by internationally renowned Orquesta Aragón, Carlos Puebla, Joseito Fernández, Celina González, Abelardo Barroso, Elena Burke, and Seleste Mendoza. $24.95
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Everyday Art
This entertaining survey of folkloric traditions in Cuba, as reflected through music, dance and everyday life, reveals the connections between African and Latino cultures. The video features musical and dance performances by Chucho Valdez, Librada Quesada, Isaac Delgado, Juan Formel, Raíces Profundas, and Los Muequitos de Matanzas, and performers from Havana's International Jazz Festival, among many others. $29.95
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The Golden Age of Salsa with Larry Harlow
This entertaining video profiles Larry Harlow, one of Salsa's most influential musicians, affectionately known as "El Judio Maravilloso," along with many other legendary performers from the latin music movement of the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies in New York City. Pop this video into your VCR, move the coffee table out of the way, and get ready to salsa! $29.95
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The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Sweeping the nation by storm throughout the 1940s, "The International Sweethearts of Rhythm" was a multi-racial all women's jazz band featuring some of the best performers of the day. Highlights include rare archival footage and photos, lively musical performances, and interviews with surviving Sweethearts. $29.95
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Jimmie Rodgers: The Father of Country Music
A former railroad man with a gentle tenor voice and a powerful "blue yodel," Jimmie Rodgers was country music's first superstar, selling more than twenty-million records during the great depression. Chronicling the highlights of Rodgers' career, this documentary finds a musical legacy that is still celebrated today. $29.95
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Maxine Sullivan: Love To Be In Love
With breathtaking performances by legendary jazz singer Maxine Sullivan (1911-1987), one of the foremost black vocalists of her era, this video features reminiscences by Sullivan, many of her swing arrangements of classic ballads, and interviews with other jazz luminaries such as Ella Fitzgerald and Ella McPartland. $29.95
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Quartet for the End of Time
The Houston Symphony Chamber Players, under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, perform French composer Olivier Messiaen's famous quartet. The video also includes interviews with Eschenbach and the other musicians. They discuss technical and esthetic aspects of the work, as well as the history of Messiaen's composition, which he wrote as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp in 1941, where it was first performed for his fellow prisoners. $29.95
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Wizard of the Strings
The inimitable Roy Smeck, former vaudeville star known for his virtuoso talents on the guitar, banjo, ukulele, and Hawaiian guitar, is engagingly profiled in this Academy Award nominated documentary. It features archival footage of Smeck during his 1920s heyday, contemporary concert performances, and interviews with musical colleagues such as Gene Autry, Mel Bay, Arthur "Pennies from Heaven" Tracy, among others. $29.95
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