One in this series of music programs. This program profiles the composer Gian Carlo Menotti, creator and director of the Spoleto Festival. Filmed on location in Italy, filmmaker Robert Drew uses a cinema-veritŽ style to capture Menotti in discussion as well as in rehearsal and performance with guest artists. Among them are Soviet pianist Sviatoslav Richter, making his American television debut, as he rehearses with the Borodin Quartet; British cellist Jacqueline Du PrŽ with piainst Richard Goode and violinist James Oliver Boswell IV, performing an excerpt from Beethoven's First Piano Trio; Shirley Verrett accompanied by the Choir of the Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome; and conductors Zubin Mehta and Thomas Schippers. In other highlights, pianist John Browning and three members of the Beaux Arts String Quartet perform an excerpt from the last movement of Brahms's Piano Quartet in C; Judith Blegen and John Reardon -- in the title roles in Menotti's staging of the opera "Pelleas et Melisande" by Claude Debussy -- and conductor Werner Torkanowsky are shown in rehearsal with Menotti and performing on opening night. Host Donald Voorhees introduces and closes the program. Includes a commercial for AT&T.


  • DATE: September 25, 1966 Sunday 6:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:59:00
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T90:0095
  • GENRE: Music
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Biography
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1959-1968
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - AT&T


    • Barry Wood … Executive Producer
    • Robert Drew … Producer
    • Jean Swain … Production (Misc.), Production Coordinator
    • Donald Voorhees … Theme Music by, "The Bell Telephone Waltz" by, Music Director, Host
    • Joseph Julian … Narrator
    • Mike Jackson … Correspondent
    • Gian Carlo Menotti … Composer
    • Ludwig van Beethoven … Composer
    • Johannes Brahms … Composer
    • Claude Debussy … Composer
    • Thomas Schippers … Conductor
    • Zubin Mehta … Conductor
    • Werner Torkanowsky … Conductor
    • Choir of the Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome, The … Choir/Chorus
    • Beaux Arts String Quartet, The … Music Group
    • Borodin Quartet, The … Music Group
    • Sviatoslav Richter … Instrumentalist, Pianist
    • Du Pre, Jacqueline … Instrumentalist, Cellist
    • Boswell, James Oliver, IV … Instrumentalist, Violinist
    • Richard Goode … Instrumentalist, Pianist
    • John Browning … Instrumentalist, Pianist
    • Shirley Verrett … Singer
    • Judith Blegen … Singer
    • John Reardon … Singer
    • Andre Jonqueres … Singer