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Guests: Directors, Carlos Coronado, Jessica Stuart, and Ron Stuart

Who is Joan Beckow?
You might not yet know her name, but it makes complete sense to put Bernstein, Sondheim and Beckow comfortably together in the same sentence.

Not all remarkable creators get the spotlight they deserve during their lifetime, and UNSUNG: The Joan Beckow Story (supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council) aims to tell the unheard story of prolific, brilliant, and TOTALLY under-celebrated female, Jewish, Canadian composer, Joan Beckow, who passed away at age 88 in Vancouver in January 2021.

Growing up in music in an era when female composer/instrumentalists weren’t really given a platform, Beckow’s undeniable ability to convey complex emotion in melody, and her mastery of harmony, has so far, fallen under the radar. Beckow’s work has been performed on-stage hundreds, even thousands of times, but never in her 50+ year career was her music professionally recorded in-studio.

Joan has been adjacent to exceptional artists-turned-celebrities throughout her career, starting with her long-time musical collaboration with best friend and 1950’s UCLA roommate, Carol Burnett, but remained modest in the pursuit of her own work.

Produced by The Joan Beckow Legacy Project, this 30-minute documentary, along with self-titled double-disc companion album, will finally give a platform to the exceptional life and repertoire of this praise-worthy, female composer, and give these special pieces a chance to live on long beyond the life of their author, Joan Beckow.



Sponsored by:
Robert Albanese and Harriet Frost
Phil Moses and Karen Novak

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DirectorCarlos Coronado, Jessica Stuart, Ron Stuart
Runtime 31 min
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