Theater + Dance

Richard Glazier Celebrates Music and the Movies

When: Thu., May 3, 7 p.m. 2012

Every artist has an epiphany. For classically-trained, award-winning pianist Richard Glazier, it happened at age nine when he heard a recording of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and saw the film “Girl Crazy” with a score by George and Ira Gershwin. The young pianist took up correspondence with famed lyricist Ira Gershwin, which led to a life-changing invitation at age 12 to visit and play a Gershwin tune on the piano that once belonged to legendary composer George Gershwin. From that point forward, Richard Glazier dedicated himself to becoming an expert in Gershwin repertoire and a collector of everything related to the golden age of the Great American Songbook. Today, Glazier travels worldwide performing special programs that celebrate the era and has been featured in two national television specials, “From Gershwin to Garland,” broadcast in 2010, and “From Ragtime to Reel Time,” recently broadcast on PBS stations in March 2012. Glazier returns to his hometown of Indianapolis to entertain his fans on Thursday, May 3, at 7 pm at the Hasten Hebrew Academy Theater. His acclaimed new show, “Richard Glazier Celebrates Music and the Movies,” is a multi-media program including Glazier’s dazzling piano playing and interviews with Mickey Rooney on the MGM pre-recording stage and with Celeste Holm in her New York City apartment. Glazier also shows rare kinescope footage of the premiere of Judy Garland’s masterpiece, “A Star is Born,” and composer Harold Arlen’s home movie taken on the set of “The Wizard of Oz.” For lovers of the Great American Songbook, Glazier’s musical highlights in his new show are sure to delight. His repertoire includes a virtual accompaniment for Judy Garland as she sings “But Not for Me,” a dazzling new arrangement of the theme from “Auntie Mame,” and a host of great movie themes. All proceeds from the May 3rd show will go to The Harriett Glazier Cultural Arts Fund which Richard Glazier established at the JCC to enrich the lives of children enrolled in JCC youth programs through cultural arts programs and events. This fund was established in memory of the pianist’s mother, Harriett Glazier, to honor her long career as an actress in local musicals at the Avondale Playhouse, a theater in the round at the former Meadows Shopping Center on 38th Street, Theatre in the Woods at the JCC and Starlight Musicals on the Butler campus. Throughout her life, Harriett Glazier remained an ardent supporter of Indianapolis theater.

Price: $25 general public / $20 JCC members.

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