April 20-21, 2017
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Co-hosted with the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
The 2017 World Records symposium draws on WCFTR’s Vitaphone films archive to explore the portrayal of popular and folk musics during the 1920s and 1930s. Vitaphone Project director Ron Hutchinson serves as this year’s keynote speaker and on Friday night will introduce the Midwest premiere of the recently-restored Molly Picon, The Celebrated Character Comedienne (1929), along with live musical performances and shorts from the Vitaphone vaults.
Co-sponsored by the Anonymous Fund, the Department of Communication Arts, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, the Mead Witter School of Music, Mills Music Library, and the University Lectures General Fund.
All events are free and open to the public.