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Donna Kline: The Olga Samaroff Story

In 1905, Lucy Hickenlooper changed her name to Olga Samaroff, and hired the New York Symphony with conductor Walter Damrosch to make her debut as a concert pianist at Carnegie Hall.  She went on to become American's first woman with an international concert career, the first American-born faculty member at Juilliard in 1924, and the first female music critic for a New York daily.  She also launched conductor Leopold Stokowski's career, then married him.  Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton spoke with biographer and filmmaker Donna Kline about her new film documenting Samaroff's life.  Narrated by Frederica von Stade, the film is being shown at the Lyceum as part of the Alexandria Film Festival on Saturday, November 6 at 6:15pm.  The film is followed by a live performance of Beethoven's Op. 110 featuring pianist Sara Leila Sherman.