Podcasts Pop CultureMarch 13, 2012


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Nick Paleologos brings a love of art – and a political insider’s experience – to his new job as the Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He’s produced Hollywood films and plays on Broadway and in London (including two Tony award winners), he founded and ran his own theater company, he headed up the very successful Massachusetts Film Commission, and he served 14 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Paleologos is now immersing himself in New Jersey’s worlds of arts and politics. Susan Wallner spoke to him about what he brings to the job and what he hopes to achieve.

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Susan Wallner
Susan Wallner

Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer and writer. She recently completed You'll Have the Sky: The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh about the writer and aviator, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. She co-produced Ode to Joy, a performance special now airing on PBS. Her national documentaries include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse. Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces the award-winning weekly public television series State of the Arts as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series produced for New Jersey’s 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and advocacy videos for the statewide campaign, “Pre-K Our Way.” Susan has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, and a BA from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her awards include 13 regional Emmys, four CINE Golden Eagles, two NETA Awards, a Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award, and a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowship.

  • http://www.WagnerOpera.com Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ

    As a New Jersey resident, knowing the long distinguished history of our own New Jersey Symphony, I am gratified at the scheduling of the different symphony orchestras, on a daily change, from the many states still commercially viable to maintain them, at the prestigious Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. I have sung four solo concerts, three of them three hours long at that deservedly respected and honored venue. It helps us recognize the cultural potential within our own communities. Born and living in Jersey City, NJ I had the distinct advantage of proximity to the Met Opera and the New York City Opera and to Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Lewissohn Stadium to attend both rehearsals and performances of major orchestras and chamber music ensembles. I had started my professional career at age seventeen and was known sufficiently to receive entrance to rehearsals and broadcasts at Carnegie Hall by Mr. Turner, the house manager. Even at Toscanini’s Studio 8 H as well his Carnegie Hall rehearsals and broadcasts, access to the Toscanini events I had by my friendship at Juilliard with a violinist in the NBC Symphony who represented me as a family member. At age 10 I heard on WNYC a broadcast of the recording of Toscanini’s conducting the New York Philharmonic in the Rhine Journey and Funeral Music. This recording was made long, long before his recording with the NBC Symphony. That hearing encouraged me to borrow from our major library in Jersey City, on Jersey Avenue, the piano vocal scores of all the Wagner operas from Der fliegender Hollander to Parsifal and the full orchestra scores of the RING and TRISTAN. I started studying composition and composing from then on. . My study of voice with Friedrich Schorr, Alexander Kipnis, Margarete Matzernauer, Frieda Hempel, Martial Singher, Mack Harrell, John Brownlee and Karin Branzell, all leading singers at the Met Opera before they retired, prepared me for my rep decisions. Schorr, Kipnis and Singher I saw in performances at the Met long before I got to study with them. I studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Goeb. I am a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor, the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, and an opera composer of “Shakespeare” and “The Political Shakespeare. My websites where one may download, free, 37 complete selections out of the one hundred that I sang in four main hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium, solo concerts, I repeat, three of them three hours long. My websites are WagnerOpera.com, ; ShakespeareOpera.com and RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com