Robertson, St. Louis Symphony participate in children’s book project

Posted on: September 28, 2010

In Sunday’s (9/26) St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Bryan Miller writes, “St. Louis native Jan Greenberg has collaborated with Sandra Jordan for 20 years. Their forte is children’s books about art, from van Gogh to Christo. The newest, ‘Ballet for Martha,’ is their 11th book, and it’s a wider collaboration than most, with input from St. Louis Symphony Orchestra music director David Robertson. The project began in 2004, when a journalist suggested that Greenberg and Jordan do a book on dance sets created for Martha Graham by artist Isamu Noguchi. The writers took a field trip to the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, N.Y., and looked around. Most of Noguchi’s sets were for Graham, ‘that icon of modern dance,’ Greenberg said in an e-mail interview.  … They watched a video of ‘Appalachian Spring’ and decided on it as a focus … Their editor signed on to the idea, along with illustrator Brian Floca. … Next weekend, when Robertson conducts the SLSO in Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ for the regular orchestral series at Powell Hall, Floca’s illustrations will be projected on the big screen.”

Posted September 28, 2010