Introduction to Theatre Lighting
1. Commemorations of theatre lighting
There has been a recentwhen? resurge of interest in the music of Pietro Deiro. In 1991 and 1992, composer/accordionist William Schimmel and his wife, dancer/choreographer/director Micki Goodman presented one of their major artistic collaborations: Opera Fisarmonica, a realization of the life and works of Pietro Deiro in extended opera form. It is a four-act opera devised and performed by Schimmel and Goodman, who did all of the singing, playing, movement, sets and lighting. It utilized the works of Pietro Deiro in a highly dramatized manner along with Schimmel's own music and continuity combined with Goodman's highly physicalized direction of movement. It was performed at the Sofian Theatre in New York and received praise and endorsement from Pietro Deiro Jr. (who attended the opening night) as well as a favorable review in the New York Times by Bernard Holland, which opened with the heading: "Accordionists' Patron Saint."
In 2002, Museo Internazionale della Fisarmonica (The International Accordion Museum) of Castelfidardo, Italy, in collaboration with Music-tech, released a CD titled I Padri della Fisarmonica, vol. 1: Pietro Deiro, consisting of 23 original recordings by Pietro Deiro from 78 RPM records. In 2004, the Pietro Deiro Archives were donated to The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York by Pietro's granddaughters Sandra Cattani Deiro and Lynne C. Pancotti.
In 2005, American author and concert accordionist Henry Doktorski wrote the first biography of Pietro and Guido Deiro: The Brothers Deiro and Their Accordions (The Classical Free-Reed, Inc.) and in 2006 Doktorski recorded on CD the first volume of The Complete Works of Pietro Deiro: Celebrated Polkas (The Classical Free-Reed, Inc.). In 2007, Bella Musica of Roma, Italy, released a 6-CD set: L'abilita artistica di Pietro Deiro (The Complete Recorded Works of Pietro Deiro from 78 RPM Records) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pietro's arrival in the United States in 1907. (See external links below.)
On July 24, 25 and 26 2009, Dr. William Schimmel presented an audio/visual installation entitled 'Radiant Pietro', which consisted on an ambient soundtrack containing fragments of Pietro Deiro's entire musical output. Spectators were encouraged to page through a large, heavy book containing philosophical musings as well as slogans and pictures, the latter being vaudeville cutouts in black and white as well as color showing Pietro Deiro in various degrees of headlessness or disembodied or simply a displaced head in other parts of the body and accordion. The mystical aspect of it is a sense of Radiance that comes through saintly martyrdom or simply allowing the music to enter the world forever through an "uncorking" process. As a result, we have Radiant Pietro whose music will radiate through the aethers and the world forever. This installation was part of The American Accordionists' Association Master Class and Concert Series, The Seminars The 2009 title being 'Welcome Home Skinny' an anagram for 'Pietro's Return'.
Dr. Schimmel is the moderator/curator for the series which just completed its fifteenth year.
On July 30, 31 and August 1, 2010, Dr. William Schimmel supplied the score for an audio/visual installation by Cristine Speligene entitled Vesperae which consisted of rows of empty coffee cans with visual projections showing family and its relationship to coffee and caffeine. The score, although it contains some original music by Schimmel (At Least I Dropped Sorrow) and a quote from Charles Magnante (Accordiana), is largely devised from three Pietro Deiro compositions: Mancito (paso doble), El Cabrito (paso doble) and Arnilla (bolero). A simple cassette tape was placed into one the coffee cans producing a "tinny" yet "resonant" effect. This installation was part of The American Accordionists' Association Master Class and Concert Series, The Seminars The 2010 title being 'Don't Like Opera'.
Dr. Schimmel is the moderator/curator for the series which just completed its 16th year.
On July 31, 2016, Dr. William Schimmel performed his own 5-minute "House Version" of Pietro Deiro's Concerto in D one of his last and largest compositions dating back to 1950. "House Version" meaning performed under a steady implied pulse and suitable for a dance club. This took place at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York as part of the American Accordionists' Association Master Class and Concert Series, The Seminars The Title being: No Place like Home. Dr. William Schimmel is Moderator and Curator of this series and this is the 22nd year.
2. Episodes of theatre lighting
Episode 1: April 4, 2007Stuttering John's Stock Trading Prank On Gary
Jackie Craps In The Stanley Cup
January 12, 2004: Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Roasts Howard On His Birthday
"Butt Cheek Fever" Bit
April Fool's Prank On Gary
November 19, 1999: Wack Pack Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher
December 5, 1997: Howard Interviews Donny Osmond
The Gary Puppet Gets Stolen
July 26, 1990: Gary Says "Baba Booey" For The First Time
August 18, 2004: KC Wins And Loses $330,000 On Gambling Web SiteEpisode 2: April 5, 2007Hosted by Richard Christy.
Howard And Gary's Sega Channel Incident
My Dead Lady Play
May 15, 1996: Scott The Engineer Attacked By Kids
January 17, 2002: Wrestler Booker T Visits
Stuttering John Scams Steve Grillo
Philly Zookeeper Funeral Song Parody Winners
Fred's Name Change
March 17, 2000: Hank The Dwarf And Beetlejuice VisitEpisode 3: November 19, 2007Hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate.
German Broadcasters Visit
March 16, 2000: Kotex The Angry Jamaican Woman Calls
January 12, 1995: Jan Michael Vincent Interview
March 7, 2001: Gilbert Gottfried Segment
August 15, 1995: Monkey Programs K-Rock
January 5, 2005: Gary's Battleship Sleepover
May 9, 1997: Stuttering John Visits Boston University
Tiny Tim Interview From 1988
March 31, 2003: Lenny Kravitz InterviewEpisode 4: February 18, 2008Hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate.
June 27, 2001: Password Game With Beetlejuice
May 17, 1999: KC's Dick In A Box Story
June 12, 2001: Gene Simmons And Craig Gass As Gene Simmons
July 24, 1995: Howard Talks About F'ing The Skull Of Sally Jesse Raphael
November 9, 1993: Corbin Bernsen Interview
June 15, 2004: Artie As A Pig On Coke Story
May 6, 1993: Brian May Interview
May 10, 2002: Jason Biggs Interview
August 20, 1996: Lars Ulrich Interview
March 8, 1995: Howard Flips Out On Dallas Station General Manager
January 23, 1990: Ted The Janitor As Mayor Barry
February 22, 1999: Black JeopardyEpisode 5: February 19, 2008January 9, 1987: Big Penis Contest
September 23, 1998: Goo Goo Dolls Gay Wednesday
February 8, 1995: Seth The Urine Drinker
October 12, 2004: Comedian Mitch Hedberg Visits
February 21, 1989: Brian Wilson Interview
December 7, 1987: Howard Calls Japan On Pearl Harbor Day
February 6, 1991: Baseball Player Steve Sax Interview
February 12, 1992: Mark Harris Interview
February 2, 1998: Sal The Stockbroker Strikes AgainEpisode 6: April 16, 2008Hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate.
March 13, 2001: Hypnotist Paul McKenna Hypnotizes Fred
May 15, 1996: Howard's Prank Call
October 28, 1994: Scott Baio Interview
February 3, 2005: Anson Williams Interview
February 2, 1995: Corbin Bernsen Interview
June 26, 1996: Fake Kelly Le Brock
December 8, 1994: Carly Simon Interview
November 19, 2001: Johnny Rebel Interview
March 23, 2001: Judy Garland Tapes
September 22, 1997: Steven Tyler And Joe Perry InterviewEpisode 7: April 17, 2008Hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate.
March 19, 1997: The Rap Summit
August 17, 1995: Howard Makes Robin The Boss Of Gary And Scott
September 28, 1995: Kenneth Keith Kallenbach And Girlfriend Visit
September 23, 1991: David Cassidy Interview
February 4, 2002: UFO Guy Interview
August 9, 2001: Darrell Hammond Interview
1988, 1989, June 4, 2003: A Few Guess Who's The Jew Segments
May 26, 1993: Howard Punishes His Audience
November 16, 2005: Rush Limbaugh Discussion
Bob And Ray Compilation from 1991Episode 8: February 16, 2009For the week February 1619, 2009 a "Mammary Lane Marathon" was played and was hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate.
June 8, 2000: Enrique Iglesias sings live in the studio
July 30, 1993: Gilbert Gottfried sits in during Robin's news
February 8, 1991: Stuttering John
October 16, 2002: Yucko the Clown "calls in from Maryland" during sniper shootings with a target on him
September 30, 1999: Roseanne visits and Tom Arnold calls in
January 28, 1993: Bobby Vinton sings the national anthem
July 31, 2001: Snoop Dogg and Tha Eastsidaz visit
March 22, 2001: King of All Blacks guesses garbage
January 14, 2003: Martin Lawrence visits
June 2, 1987: Gary's breath judged by a workman
August 7, 1998: Robin's family in the studioEpisode 9: February 17, 2009For the week February 1619, 2009 a "Mammary Lane Marathon" was played and was hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate.
February 10, 1995: Ralph loses bet and dresses in drag
July 30, 1997: Crazy Alice's first call to the show
October 22, 1997: Gilbert Gottfried at Amy Heckerlings House
October 10, 2000: A man who taxidermied his daughter visits
March 8, 2000: Pig Olympics
August 4, 2000: Beetlejuice running for Senator
February 13, 2002: Raymond Norman's tape on Oprah Winfrey
October 8, 2004: Howard hates Ronnie the Limo Drivers new limousine
August 19, 1998: Wesley Snipes visits
November 16, 2004: Robin's news segment about a man lighting himself on fire
June 23, 1999: Freaky Feud with Penthouse Pets and Wack Pack members
May 18, 2001: Kataleen Turner and ArtieEpisode 10: February 18, 2009For the week February 1619, 2009 a "Mammary Lane Marathon" was played and was hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate.
September 30, 1992: Richard Simmons visits
January 20, 2005: Woman who slept with her stepson calls in
January 23, 2002: Artie's Mike Tyson impersonation
April 4, 2005: Pat O'Brien and Pope discussions
April 4, 1996: Gilbert Gottfried calls in as "Rabbi Gottfried"
May 5, 1997: Mia Farrow visits
March 15, 1996: John F. Kennedy Jr. visits
August 15, 2002: Boxer Laila Ali calls in
September 11, 2000: Song parody contest
September 14, 2000: Song parody contest winners announcedEpisode 11: February 19, 2009For the week February 1619, 2009 a "Mammary Lane Marathon" was played and was hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate.
January 27, 1998: Robert Duvall visits
April 14, 2000: The Gossip Game with guest Flavor Flav
May 7, 1996: Ozzy Osbourne calls in and goofs on Stuttering John
April 14, 2000: Matthew McConaughey visits
May 4, 2004: Goofing on Heather Wilson
June 26, 1992: Billy West doing his Ross Perot impersonation
November 28, 2001: Penthouse Pet Megan Mason spins The Wheel of Sex
January 25, 2002: Yaqi the Tickler visits
April 22, 2002: Woman visits to help Robin speak to her horses
September 12, 2005: Fred the Elephant Boy soils himself