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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Classic Arts Showcase


Classic Arts Showcase
PERFORMING - VISUAL - FILM

Created in 1994 by the late Lloyd E. Rigler, Classic Arts Showcase is a not-for-profit organization that has been presenting video of animation, architectural art, ballet, chamber and choral music, dance, folk art, museum art, musical theater, opera, orchestral, recital, solo instrumental, solo vocal, theatrical performances, as well as classic film and archival documentaries for free to the public. CAS is completely funded by the Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation and based in Burbank, California.

CAS broadcasts 24-hours a day from Satellite Galaxy 15 Transponder 5, and is picked up by over 500 channels in the United States alone. I view it on Verizon FiOS local channels 24 and 26, but have seen it on RCN cable as well.

Most of CSA's clips come from the record companies who have graciously given them permission to air them, at no cost, in an effort to aid CSA's public service goal to create a new audience for the arts. They show NO ADVERTISING!

Each week they edit together a new 8-hour show, broken down into one hour blocks, featuring approximately 150 new classic art clips that have been provided by a formative list of sources. The programs typically air on Friday evening and repeat throughout the weekend.

I am a big CAS fan, and have often been glued to the television watching everything from experimental film and dance video to historic classical music and opera performances to fascinating interviews. I strongly recommend it, although not every video is of interest.

Here is a sample list of sources who supply content to CAS:

ALLEGRO CORPORATION
AMBERSON
ANGEL RECORDS
ATLANTIC CLASSICS
BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO
BANG ON A CAN
BEL CANTO SOCIETY, INC.
CENTRAL PARK MEDIA CORPORATION
CLEARVUE
CONSUMER VIDEO MARKETING
CORINTH VIDEO
DANCE FILMS ASSOC., INC.
DANCE HORIZONS
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY TAMBURITZANS
EMI CLASSICS / ANGEL / VIRGIN
FILM AMERICA
FILMS FOR THE HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES
FRIEDSON ENTERPRISES
G.B. PRODUCTIONS
GRUEN
IDEALE AUDIENCE
KINO INTERNATIONAL
KROLL PRODUCTIONS, INC.
KRONOS QUARTET
KULTUR VIDEO
LUMIVISION CORP.
MILESTONE FILM AND VIDEOPO
MIRAMAR
MUSIC PROJECT FOR TELEVISION
NATIONAL GALLERY OF
NAXOS
NIKOLAIS LOUIS FOUNDATION FOR DANCE
NONESUCH
NY EXPOSITION OF SHORT FILM AND VIDEO AND INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA
OPTICUS FILMS
PBS VIDEO
PETER ROSEN PRODUCTIONS
POLYGRAM CLASSICS AND JAZZ (UNIVERSAL)
PROSCENIUM
PUBLIC MEDIA HOME VIDEO
PYRAMID FILM & VIDEO
RHINO HOME
RHOMBUS MEDIA INC.
SEVENTH ART RELEASING
SIGHT AND SOUND
SONY CLASSICAL
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO VIDEO ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL
VOYAGER LASERDISC
WINSTAR
WOODLEAF CORPORATION

Link:
http://www.classicartsshowcase.org/index.html

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