This program features an interview with American Composer Janice Giteck and selections from her musical works, L'ange Heurtebise and A'Agita (previously spelled Wi'igita). Giteck grew up in Tucson, Arizona and started playing piano at the age of five, composing at age six. She studied at Mills College in California and at the Paris Conservatory, and taught at Cal State University at Hayward and at UC Berkeley. Giteck is also a member of the Newport Costa Players and the Composers Cooperative. Giteck is married to John Duykers, a tenor with the San Francisco Opera.
L'ange Heurtebise (The angel Herutebise) is based on a text by Jean Cocteau written in 1925, and is performed in French by John Duykers, with piano by Karl Goldstein. This is from a home recording provided by Giteck. A'Agita is based on legends of the Pima and Papago Indians of Southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, and is the name given to the harvest ceremonies. The performers of this piece are John Duykers singing the part of Corn Man; Michael Kissin as Old Man Tobacco; Thomasa Eckert as Tobacco Man's Daughter; and Scott Paulin as I'Itoi. The libretto is by Ron Giteck, Janice's cousin. This recording was made for KPFA by George Craig from live performances of the opera in April, May, and June 1977.
Track list: 1. "A'Agita (Wi'igita)" (faded down and out) -- 2. continuity -- 3. "L'ange Heurtebise" -- 4. continuity -- 5. "A'Agita" - prologue -- 6. interview with Janice Giteck & outro -- 7. "A'Agita" (faded down and out)
This program is presented by April McMahon and Renee Roatcap. Published by April McMahon. Audio engineers were Susan Sailow and Joan Medlin.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.