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Fred Astaire, An American Icon Zoom Lecture
Thursday, April 30 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | add to Google Calendar
Join us for this illustrated Zoom lecture with Marty Schneit. Download the free zoom app on your mobile device to watch.
The presentation will discuss the legendary Astaire’s life and work with
illustration and film footage. Marty traces Astaire’s seventy year performing
career (which began in 1905, when at the age of six, he debuted in vaudeville
with his older sister Adele). Marty maintained that Astaire is one of the 20th
century’s greatest creative artists. Margot Fonteyn, Jerome Robbins, George
Balanchine, and Mikhail Baryshnikov were unanimous in selecting him as
America’s finest dancer. Astaire was also one of its greatest choreographers
and most admired singers. The country’s best popular composers–Cole
Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Jerome Kern–all
vied to write for Astaire, whom they knew would do justice to their songs.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made nine films together, including Flying
Down To Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Top Hat and Swing Time.