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Meet the Filmmaker: Clemente D'Alessio

Meet the Filmmaker: Clemente D'Alessio
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Location: NY NATAS, 1375 Broadway, Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30-8:00 PM
*Free to NY NATAS Members!
$15 for those without current membership
Mowgli, an incredible and visually stunning classical ballet, was written by the 13-year-old prodigy Alex Prior who at the ripe old age of 15 was also the conductor for this performance. Born to a Russian mother and a British father, Alex was raised in England. He is currently enrolled in graduate studies in composition at the Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. His great-grandfather was the famous Stanislavsky, his grandfather was an architect who designed and built one of the museums on Red Square, and several of his relatives have performed as premier dancers with the Bolshoi Ballet. Alex is wonderful, intelligent, fun-loving and a distinguished musician. Mowgli is based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. It is a full-length classical ballet, produced and performed by The Moscow Classical Ballet, complete with beautiful sets, costumes, and a symphonic orchestra. The score has some unusual instrumentation, and it also includes a chorus. The choreographers are Natalia Kasatkina and her husband Vladimir Vasilyov, both premier dancers with the Bolshoi Ballet. Mowgli is a wonderful children’s ballet, and has every earmark of becoming a classic. The audience, filled with children, certainly loved it.
The host of this documentary is the incomparable Angela Lansbury who, as a prominent citizen of stage and screen, has recently had a triumph in her Broadway performances of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. She will be returning to Broadway in the Sondheim classic A Little Night Music with Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Clemente D’Alessio, a five-time Emmy® Award winner, is the Founder and President of D’Alessio Media, Inc., a company committed to the international broadcast of the performing arts. D’Alessio began his career at the Metropolitan Opera where he was television producer for the premier PBS series Live from the Met. Other high-profile projects include: A Memorial for Audrey Hepburn at UNICEF, Placido Domingo Sings Zarzuela, The Hundredth Anniversary of the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Concert for Peace from Oslo with the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, Georg Solti at 75, telecasts with Luciano Pavarotti and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, annual Richard Tucker Opera Galas, The Classical Hour at Steinway Hall, and a chamber music series for NHK-TV in Japan. His television work has taken him to Norway, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Austria, and a Jazz Festival in Monaco. Programs have included such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Dave Brubeck, Placido Domingo, Lionel Hampton, President Vaclav Havel, Marilyn Horne, Audrey Hepburn, Elton John, James Earl Jones, Herbie Mann, Luciano Pavarotti, Gregory Peck, Skitch Henderson, Sting, André Watts and Elie Wiesel. He has received five Emmy® Awards, two Peabody Awards, two Radio Festival Awards, a Golden Cine Eagle Award, a Governor’s Award, and an Excellence in Journalism prize for a wide spectrum of music programs for broadcast. Clemente is currently on the Board of the Oratorio Society of New York, and for nine years served on the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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Produced & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher


Wed, Jan. 27, 2010
noon - 2:30 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern


1375 Broadway, Suite 2103
New York, NY 10018