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Lou Harrison: A World of Music plays at SF's Roxie Theatre March 9 - 15

Lou Harrison: A World of Music is a new documentary about a composer some consider among the greatest of the 20th Century.  Harrison charted new territory in  music by combining Western classical styles with Eastern music, and is credited with - among other kudos - firmly establishing gamelan music in the U.S.  He also lived an openly gay life in New York City in the 1940s before moving back to California to compose in serenity.  Among his fans and collaborators were San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, composers John Cage and Janice Gitek, choreographers Mark Morris and Merce Cunningham, and actress Judith Malina. 

The film is at the Roxie theatre March 9 -15, with an extension likely.   For more info:  www.HarrisonDocumentary.com  and www.Roxie.com

Hear Eric Jansen's interview on Out in the Bay and Alan Farley's talk on Open Air with Harrison's long-time friend and filmmakerEva Soltes on KALW's Local Music Player here, through 3/8.


Eric Jansen is a long-time broadcaster and print journalist. A former news anchor, producer and reporter at KQED FM, San Francisco; KLIV AM, San Jose; and Minnesota Public Radio, Eric's award-winning reports have been heard on many NPR programs and PRI's Marketplace. His print work has been in The Mercury News, The Business Journal, and LGBTQ magazines Genre and The Advocate, among other publications. He co-produced the June 2007 PBS documentary Why We Sing!, about LGBTQ choruses and their role in the civil rights fight.