2017 World Records Symposium

April 8th, 2017
Molly Picon, wearing a fur and looking at the camera

World Records Symposium

Molly Picon (1898-1992)

Molly Picon (1898-1992)

Free and Open to the Public

April 20-21, 2017
University of Wisconsin-Madison
126 Memorial Library
728 State Street

The 2017 edition of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture’s World Records Symposium draws on the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research’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 he will introduce the Midwest premiere of the recently-restored film Molly Picon, The Celebrated Character Comedienne (1929), along with live musical performances and shorts from the Vitaphone vaults. The Friday night event is at 7:00pm, in 4070 Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue. There will be an evening concert by 3Banjos3 (featuring Greg Adams, Ken Perlman, and Henry Sapoznik) from 8:00-9:30pm on April 20 at the Fireside Lounge in the University Club, 803 State Street. The panels will take place on April 21 in Memorial Library, Room 126. All of the speakers and the panels are listed on the complete schedule.

Mills Music Library is pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Anonymous Fund, the Department of Communication Arts, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, the Mead Witter School of Music, and the University Lectures General Fund.