March 23 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1887 - Juan Gris, Painter

1900 - Erich Fromm, Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Sociologist, Humanistic Philosopher

1908 - Joan Crawford, Actress

1910 - Akira Kurosawa, Film director

1944 - Michael Nyman, English Composer, Librettist, Musicologist and Pianist, known for numerous film scores / soundtracks, and minimalist music. Many of his film scores were written in collaboration with filmmaker Peter Greenaway. He is also known for his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion's The Piano. (See below's feature)

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Film Soundtrack of the The Piano composed by Michael Nyman. 

Historical Events

1729 -  Johann Sebastian Bach's  St Matthew Passion is first performed, in Leipzig.

1917 - Leonard and Virginia Woolf establish the Hogarth Press.

March 22 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1599 - Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Painter

1887 - Chico Marx, Comedian

1923 - Marcel Marceau, Mime Artist

1930 - Stephen Sondheim, American Composer and Lyricist.

1931 - William Shatner, Actor

1943 - George Benson, Musician

1948 - Andrew Lloyd Webber (Baron Lloyd-Webber), English Composer and Impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. Multi-awarded, including a knighthood, several of Andrew Lloyd Webber's songs have been widely recorded and were hits, "The Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera, "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar, "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from Evita, "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and "Memory" from Cats

1976 - Reece Witherspoon, Actress

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Featuring the music of two great composers of musicals:  Stephen Sondheim (1930) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948):

Judi Dench - The Definitive "Send in the Clowns - South Bank Show 1995. The video features Dame Judi Dench on the South Bank Show in 1995, which centers around her appearance in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Its a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples. The profile ends with this performance of the ever popular "Send In The Clowns."

Phantom of the Opera Live - 1988 Tony Awards. The Phantom of the Opera musical is composed by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart, with additions from Richard Stilgoe. It is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux. Its central plot revolves around Christine, a beautiful soprano, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Palais Garnier.

Historical Events

1457 - The Gutenberg Bible, the first printed book, is published. It is named after the inventor of the printing press, Johannes Gutenberg.

1834 - Horace Greeley and Jonas Winchester establish a weekly literary and new journal, the New Yorker. 

March 21 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1685 - Johann Sebastian (JS) Bach, German Composer and Organist

1839 - Modest Mussorgsky, Russian Composer and Member of the group known as "The Five"and famous for his work Pictures at an Exhibition.

1905 - Phyllis McGinley, Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet (Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades)

1906 - John D. Rockefeller III, Billionaire Philanthropist

1916 - Harold Robbins, Writer

1921 - Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian Violinist. He had a long-standing relationship with Philips Records, and recordings are available from them of him performing works by famous composers including Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Michael Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and more. A recording of Grumiaux;s performance of one movement from Bach's Sonatas & Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin, the "Gavotte en rondeaux" from the Partita No. 3, is included on the Voyager Golden Record, attached to the Voyager spacecraft, as a sample of the culture of Earth.

1958 - Gary (Leonard) Oldman, English Actor and Filmmaker who has performed in theatre, film, and television. Known for his versatility and expressive acting style, Oldman is regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation.
1960 - Ayrton Senna, Formula One Racer

1962 - Matthew Broderick, Actor

Actor Matthew Broderick
Formula One racer Ayrton Senna

JS Bach's Mass in D minor  (Proms 2012)
Performers:  Joélle Harvey soprano, Carolyn Sampson soprano, Iestyn Davies counter-tenor, Ed Lyon tenor, Matthew Rose bass. Choir of the English Concert. The English Concert. Harry Bicket conductor.
Venue & Place: Royal Albert Hall 2 August 2012. (YouTube, uploaded by Manderiens. Accessed March 21, 2018.)

Historical Events

 1556 - The Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cramner, is burned at the stake as a heretic. Hundreds more Protestants were executed during the reign of "Bloody Mary," the Catholic daughter of Henry VIII.

1851 - The Yosemite Valley is discovered in California, U.S.

March 20 Dateline

Famous Birthdays 

43 B.C.E. - Ovid, as known in the English-speaking world, was born Publius Ovidius Naso, a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus. He was a contemporary of the older Virgil and Horace, with whom he is often ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature. The first major Roman poet to begin his career during the reign of Augustus, Ovid is today best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative written in the meter of epic, and for works in elegiac couplets such as Ars Amatoria ("The Art of Love") and Fasti. (Ovid's Metamorphoses. Uploaded by Gottfried Leibniz. Accessed March 20, 2019.)
1828 - Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian Playwright, Theatre Director, and Poet. As one of the founders of modernism in theatre, Ibsen is often referred to as "the father of realism" and one of the most influential playwrights of his time. (Henrik Ibsen: The Master Playwright Documentary (1987). Uploaded by Manufacturing Intellect. Accessed March 20, 2019.)
1890 - Beniamino Gigli, Italian Tenor (Gigli sings Mozart)
1904 - B.F. Skinner, Psychologist
1908 - Sir Michael Redgrave, Actor
1917 - Dame Vera Lynn, Actress and Singer
1927 - John Joubert, South African Composer
1950 - William Hurt, Actor
1957 - Spike Lee, Filmmaker
1958 - Holly Hunter, Actress

Filmmaker Spike Lee

Historical Events

1792 - The Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer, is burned at the stake as a heretic. Hundreds more Protestants were executed during the reign of "Bloody Mary," the Catholic daughter of Henry VIII.

1815 - The Yosemite Valley is discovered in California, U.S.