Video Clips of Anna Harwell Celenza

On Writing Children's Books

April 27, 2016

Tags: An interview on the music and publishing industries

I was recently interviewed for the Podcast series DIYMFA. It was a lot of fun. You can listen to the complete interview here:

Sinatra the Jazz Singer

December 30, 2015

Tags: Anna Celenza discusses Sinatra's connection to jazz

December marks the centennial celebration of the birth of Francis Albert Sinatra – Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board. Sinatra made his mark on American culture by excelling as a recording artist, performer and movie actor. From his days as the teen idol who made the bobbysoxers swoon with the Harry James Big (more…)

5 Things Frank Sinatra Taught Me about American Politics

August 4, 2015

I wrote an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News in August 2015. This was in celebration of the centennial of Sinatra's birth. Given all the talk about politics, I thought it might be fun to reflect for a moment on Sinatra's lifelong interest in political machinations.

In Conversation: Arts and Activism

August 3, 2015

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In this moderated discussion at the 2014 FMC Policy Summit, I was joined by the musicians Ceci Bastida, Shawn King , and Martín Perna.
The 2014 Future of Music Policy Summit tackled issues ranging from federal policy that impacts creators, access to media and technology, emerging business models, alternative arts funding structures and what’s coming (more…)

The Kennedy Center's Budapest, Prague & Vienna Festival (Spring 2012)

April 3, 2012

As a part of 'The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna' celebration, the Kennedy Center interviewed various scholars and musicians about important events in the history, arts, and culture of central Europe.

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Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at Georgetown University (December 2011)

December 7, 2011

This is a trailer for the performance on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theater. The Soldier's Tale is by Igor Stravinsky. El Amor Brujo is by Manuel de Falla. The performance features the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, choreography by Igal Perry. The Soldier's Tale is directed by Anna Harwell (more…)

CODA roundtable discussion at 2011 Future of Music Policy Summit (October 2011)

October 7, 2011

co·da noun /ˈkōdə/ - the concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure.

The 2011 FMC Policy Summit was about what tomorrow will hold, and the various tools, services and policies that can support a sustainable 21st century music ecosystem. The panelists touched on ticketing, licensing, (more…)

NPR Music: Making Music Matter On-Air and Online panel at Future of Music Coalition's 2009 Policy Summit.

October 5, 2009

Video archive of NPR Music: Making Music Matter On-Air and Online panel at Future of Music Coalition's 2009 Policy Summit.

Panelists: Bob Boilen, Host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered; John Davis, Musician and Radio Host, WOXY; Anya Grundmann, Executive Producer of NPR Music; Josh Jackson, Special Projects Producer, WBGO; Anna Celenza, Thomas E. (more…)

Managing the Arts in Times of Economic Challenge

March 16, 2009

The McDonough School of Business and the Department of Performing Arts host a panel to discuss the opportunities and challenges of managing and promoting the performing arts during an economic recession. The panel is moderated by Murray Horwitz, award-winning performer, lyricist, and performing arts manager. Panel members include Anna Harwell Celenza, the chair of (more…)

Selected Works

Books, Music History
By examining politics, immigration patterns, economics and technology in explaining the largely forgotten Italian connection to jazz, the book will attract readers interested in music history, Italian-American culture, the Fascist era in Italy, music technology, and the evolution of popular music.
“This is a tautly written, readable and fascinating volume, casting new light on familiar figures from start to finish.”
–Classical Music
Niels W. Gade (1817-1890) was an influential musical figure in 19th century Denmark. This work presents an in-depth study in English of Gade's life and works. It describes the evolution of Gade's compositional style as reflected in his early orchestral and chamber works and re-evaluates his role as a nationalist composer. It investigates Gade's literary and musical roots, and studies Gade's "search for the poetic" by presenting descriptions of seven works represented in Gade's compositional diary.
Edited Books
Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America elucidates how the performing arts have played a seminal role in the cultural mission of the Society of Jesus. Drawing on unpublished archival documents, music, and dramatic texts performed in Italy and North America over the last four centuries, the volume features the work of leading scholars in Italy and the United States and offers a broad view of the Jesuits' influence on musical and theatrical practice.
St. Hans' Evening Play is the second complete overture composed by Niels W. Gade (1817-90), undoubtedly the most prominent figure in nineteenth-century Danish music. This edition marks the first scholarly edition of this important work.
Children's Picture Books
"Zig and zig and zig. Maestro Death keeps time." A friend's poem and a visit to the catacombs underneath Paris in 1872 inspire composer Camille Saint-Saëns to write a now-famous orchestral piece echoing the sounds of dancing, clacking skeletal bones.
A heartwarming story of friendship, imagination, and the transforming power of music.
An upbeat Christmas book about breaking boundaries and experimenting with new ideas. Includes a recording of Ellington’s suite. (Publishers Weekly). The Nutcracker Suite has never been so hip!
Johann Sebastian Bach encourages Count Keyserlingk to take in a talented young orphan named Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. The Count is an insomniac, but hearing Goldberg play the harpsichord soothes him. Soon the Count challenges Goldberg to combine all the music he's learned and throw in a riddle. Under Bach's tutelage, Goldberg successfully plays a difficult piece that becomes known as Goldberg Variations. "[T]he story is wonderfully told in the tropes and manner of a folktale." — Booklist
It's 1924, and with just a few weeks' notice, George Gershwin has been asked to compose a new concerto that exemplifies American music. In his search for a new melody, Gershwin realizes that American music is much like its people -- a great melting pot of sounds, rhythms, and harmonies. JoAnn Kitchel's illustrations capture the 1920's in all their art-deco majesty.
When Beethoven learns he is going deaf, he is determined to write a great symphony. As war rages in Europe he thinks he has found his inspiration in the heroic deeds of Napoleon. But has he?
Modest Mussorgsky is deeply saddened by the death of his friend, Victor Hartmann. In his grief, Modest turns his back on his dream of bringing the glories of the Russian people to the world through his music. His friends must find a way to help Modest deal with the loss of Victor and inspire him to compose again. "[A] new gem for music lovers." — Booklist
A fictionalized telling of the true story behind Haydn's Farewell Symphony brings to life the long summer Haydn and his musicians spent at Esterhaza, the summer palace of Prince Nicholas of Esterhazy. When the musicians become homesick they devise a way to convince the prince it's time to go home.