John C. Tibbetts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of Kansas.  He has also worked as a news reporter/ commentator for CBS Television, National Public Radio, and Voice of America. 

Among his 22 books are several volumes devoted to music and media, including Schumann:  A Chorus of Voices (Amadeus, 2012), Composers in the Movies (Yale, 2005), and Dvorak in America (1993).  His radio series The World of Robert Schumann and Piano Portraits have been broadcast worldwide on the WFMT Radio Network.  Recent invited conference appearances include "The Robert Schumann Bicentenary Conference" in Zwickau, Germany (2010) and The International Popular Culture Conference in Warsaw, Poland (July  2012).  He has just returned from a sabbatical trip to Australia, where he researched a book on the Australian film director, Peter Weir:  Interviews (Mississippi University Press, 2014).  His many paintings and video interviews of musicians and filmmakers are on view at the Kansas University Digital Initiatives website.  In 2008 he was presented the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, bestowed by Kathleen Sebelius.  


JUNE 5, 2014

1:30 PM

Lecture:  Sight and Sound

The medium of the motion picture can make us SEE music.  Demonstrating the many strategies of bringing music to the screen is this presentation based on the film, 32 SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD.  Excerpts will be screened and discussed as Glenn Gould's piano performances are subjected to a series of highly imaginative audio-visual transformations.

JUNE 6, 2014

1:15 PM

Film: "Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould" (98 min.)

Clips from the film will be shown during the lecture (Sight and Sound) by John Tibbetts on Thursday at 1:30pm. This is an opportunity to see the film in its entirety.

JUNE 7, 2014

10:00 AM

Lecture: Chopin Goes to War

In 1944 Hollywood produced a dramatized biography of Frederic Chopin, A SONG TO REMEMBER, starring Cornel Wilde as Chopin and Merle Oberon as George Sand.  Viewers expecting a "life" of Chopin encountered something very different.  The movie transformed Chopin's life and piano music  into a World War II Polish resistance drama targeted to popular audiences at home and abroad in order to stress ideology and affirmation in the cause of a democratic "people's war."  Film clips will be screened and discussed.  The complete film will also be shown as a separate screening.

JUNE 7, 2014

12:45 PM

Film: "A Song to Remember" (113 min.)

Enjoy this full-length feature after John Tibbetts' lecture titled "Chopin Goes to War."  Shot in glorious Technicolor, A Song to Remember was nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Cornel Wilde); Best Film Editing; Best Sound, Recording (John P. Livadary); Best Music, Scoring of Dramatic or Comedy Picture; and Best Writing, Original Story.