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Dena Kaye wants you to remember her talented father, as well she should. The only child of Danny and Silvia Fine, she has donated a collection of his works to The Library of Congress. “I realized there are generations who don’t know who he is,” she said. “The job of the centennial is to reacquaint people with who he is. Ultimately, what is going to live on about my father is his work.” Think “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Inspector General” and “The Court Jester.”

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Danny Kaye was a versatile American actor and comedian on stage, television and in films including “White Christmas” and “Hans Christian Andersen.” He received countless accolades during his lifetime including the Kennedy Center Honors and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His wife, Sylvia Fine, played a major role in his success, writing the music and lyrics for his songs and artfully managing and producing his engagements.

A who’s who of Washington’s film mavens showed up to honor his legacy at a soiree hosted by Sheila and Ed Weidenfeld at The Library of Congress to celebrate the Centennial of Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine.

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DCist.com: Danny Kaye at the Library of Congress

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In conjunction with the exhibition Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn, the Library of Congress will screen some of Kaye’s most popular films this weekend. This means a return of 35mm film to the Mary Pickford Theater, once one of the area’s premiere repertory programs (and one which I used to help program). Titles screened in the Coolidge Auditorium will be from DVD, and include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), with an introduction by Dena Kaye and Q&A session before the film; and Hans Christian Andersen (1952). Titles screening at the Pickford Theater will be from 35mm archival prints, and include The Court Jester (1955), Knock on Wood (1954) and The Five Pennies (1959). Disclaimer: These opinions do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, the Library of Congress.

All screenings are Saturday, March 23. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screens at 11:00 am, with an introduction and Q&A with Dena Kaye. Hans Christian Andersen screens at 2:30 pm. At the Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. Free. The Court Jester screens at 9:00 am. Knock on Wood screens at 12:30 pm. The Five Pennies screens at 3:00 pm. At the Mary Pickford Theatre, Third Floor Madison Building, Library of Congress. Free.

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DANNY KAYE COMMEMORATED AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS EVENT ON TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013

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On Tuesday night, March 19th, 2013 the Library of Congress hosted a special evening to celebrate the Centennial of legendary comedian, actor and humanitarian Danny Kaye and his wife Sylvia Fine Kaye. The event marked the launch of the Kaye family archives and website featuring 2,000 items from the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine collection, which lives in the Library’s Music Division.

Attendees of the evening’s event included U.S. Representatives Cohen, Dingell, Meadows, Mica, Nadler, Nolan, Petri, Shimkus and U.S. Senators Risch and Roberts. Highlights included personal remarks by Senator Chris Dodd, George Stevens Jr., Dena Kaye and a musical performance by five-time Grammy-nominated recording artist Michael Feinstein.

The event was produced by Scott Mauro Entertainment Inc. headed by Scott Mauro, Executive Producer of the DK Centennial celebration.

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Michael Feinstein & More Celebrate Kaye Centennial!

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Last night, the Library of Congress hosted a special evening to celebrate the Centennial of legendary comedian, actor and humanitarian Danny Kaye and his wife Sylvia Fine Kaye.

The event marked the launch of the Kaye family archives and website featuring 2,000 items from the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine collection, which lives in the Library’s Music Division. Attendees of yesterday evening’s event included U.S. Representatives Cohen, Dingell, Meadows, Mica, Nadler, Nolan, Petri, Shimkus and U.S. Senators Risch and Roberts. Highlights of the evening included personal remarks by Senator Chris Dodd, George Stevens Jr., Dena Kaye and a musical performance by five-time Grammy-nominated recording artist Michael Feinstein. The event was produced by Scott Mauro Entertainment Inc.

Read more and see more photos at broadwayworld.com

Washington Examiner : Library of Congress launches Danny Kaye website, events, exhibit

The Library of Congress is honoring comedian-actor-dancer-UNICEF ambassador Danny Kaye and his wife Sylvia Fine, by launching a Kaye/Fine website Mar. 19, and presenting free events Mar. 23, accompanying an exhibit “Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn“.

Kaye is best-known for his roles in films “White Christmas” and “Hans Christian Andersen“, and a signature show-stopping number “Tchaikovsky“, in which Kaye rattles off the names of about 50 Russian composers in 39 seconds.

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The sandy haired, goofy comic Kaye was also the first goodwill ambassador for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in 1954, a position he held during the rest of his life.

It is little-known that Fine played a major role in Kaye’s success. She wrote the music and lyrics for more than 100 of Kaye’s songs, and managed and produced his many stage and TV engagements during their 40-year collaboration.

The Library’s exhibit and events mark the 100th anniversary of the couple’s birthdays. Kaye claimed 1913 as the year of his birth, although the official birth date is Jan. 18, 1911 and official name was David Daniel Kominski. Fine was born on Aug. 29, 1913.

The exhibit, continuing through July 27, has some 60 items including recordings, photos, scripts, and video clips from “The Danny Kaye Show”, “An Evening with Danny Kaye and the New York Philharmonic,” the UNICEF film “Assignment Children”, and a Kaye-related segment from one of Fine’s three PBS documentaries “Musical Comedy Tonight”.

The Mar. 23 events include screenings of five of Kaye’s 17 films; remarks by their daughter Dena Kaye, followed by Q&As; and a display of items from the Library’s Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection. Its 2,000 items will be on the Kaye/Fine website beginning Mar. 19.

Films shown on Mar. 23 are “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, “Hans Christian Andersen”, “The Court Jester”, “Knock on Wood”, and “The Five Pennies”.

Kaye shows “nearly inhuman energy on screen, somewhere between child, machine, and rogue cuckoo clock,” according to “A Biographical Dictionary of Film” (Knopf) by David Thomson. The author terms Fine the “brains” behind Kaye’s success.

The Library of Congress honors Kaye and Fine not only for their contributions to entertainment, but also for their lifelong commitment to charities.

Read the full article and see the photos here at Examiner.com

UNICEF Tap Project

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The UNICEF Tap Project Transforms World’s Largest Social Network into a Water Network to Save Kids

UNICEF Ambassadors Angie Harmon, Alyssa Milano and Marcus Samuelsson, UNICEF Supporters Heidi Klum and Nas, along with Judd Apatow, Kristen Bell, Jeff Bridges, Common, Kat Graham, Bridgit Mendler, Seth Rogen, Emmy Rossum, Kevin Spacey, Sting and Kate Walsh, take to social media to help provide clean water for children

NEW YORK (March 5, 2013) – Starting today Facebook users can help provide children around the world with access to clean water and sanitation and urge their friends and family to do the same. The seventh annual UNICEF Tap Project, a national fundraising and awareness campaign, is going digital this year, turning the social network into a water network that has the power to save lives.

Waterborne illnesses are the second leading cause of preventable childhood deaths in the world—killing nearly 4,000 children under the age of five every day. With $5, UNICEF can provide one child with access to safe, clean water for 200 days.
“More young kids die from dirty water and poor sanitation than from measles, malaria, and AIDS combined,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “Across the developing world, children often walk miles to the nearest source to gather water for their families, forcing them to miss out on an education. UNICEF believes that ZERO children should be deprived of clean water and basic sanitation.”

Launched for World Water Month, the UNICEF Tap Project Facebook app turns the social network’s users into “taps” and their connections into “pipes” ready to be filled with water. By donating $5 to the UNICEF Tap Project via text message or PayPal, each participant can choose two friends to receive water and the opportunity to donate. As Facebook users begin to grow the water network via the UNICEF Tap Project app, they will be able to see the web of connections around them carry water from friend to friend and the impact of their donation on the lives of children around the world. To learn more about the UNICEF Tap Project and access the water network, visit www.UNICEFTapProject.org.

UNICEF Ambassadors Angie Harmon, Alyssa Milano and Marcus Samuelsson, UNICEF Supporters Heidi Klum and Nas, along with other celebrities including Judd Apatow, Kristen Bell, Jeff Bridges, Common, Kat Graham, Bridgit Mendler, Seth Rogen, Emmy Rossum, Kevin Spacey, Sting and Kate Walsh, are lending their support to help save children’s lives by starting their own water networks or by Tweeting about the campaign.

Giorgio Armani Fragrances is returning as national sponsor of the UNICEF Tap Project. Since 2010, the company has donated $1.3 million and raised awareness to help UNICEF improve access to safe, clean water for children worldwide through its Acqua for Life campaign. For the month of March, Giorgio Armani Fragrances will donate $5 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for each Acqua di Giò, Acqua di Gioia, Acqua di Giò Essenza, and Acqua di Gioia Eau Fraiche spray cologne or gift set purchased in the United States. Giorgio Armani Fragrances will also donate $1 for the first 50,000 people who “like” the “Acqua for Life” Facebook page at www.facebook.com/acquaforlife from March 1-31.

UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities and to promote safe hygiene practices. Since 1990, thanks to the work of UNICEF and its partners, more than 2 billion people have gained access to clean drinking water.

The UNICEF Tap Project has raised more than $3.5 million for water and sanitation programs benefiting children in Belize, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Mauritania, Togo, and Vietnam. The annual campaign was created in partnership with advertising agency Droga5 and is supported by media partner MediaVest.

About UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.

Library of Congress Exhibit “Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn” opens

Library Launches Kaye/Fine Website March 19 and Holds Danny Kaye Events March 23
Danny Kaye was a versatile American actor and comedian, who enthralled audiences in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s with his lively singing and dancing—on stage, on television and in films such as “White Christmas” and “Hans Christian Andersen.” His wife, Sylvia Fine, played a major role in his success, writing the music and lyrics for his songs and artfully managing and producing his engagements.

Their careers will be celebrated in a Library of Congress exhibition “Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn,” which opens Thursday, Feb. 14 in the Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery on the first floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington D.C.

The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8:30 a .m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It will be on view through July 27, 2013.

On March 19, the Library of Congress will launch a website featuring 2,000 items from the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection, which is housed in the Library’s Music Division. The Library acquired the collection in 1992.

On Saturday, March 23, the Library will hold events focusing on Danny Kaye—film screenings, lectures and displays from the Kaye/Fine Collection. Further details will be announced in February.

The Library’s exhibition and events mark the 100th anniversary of the couple’s birthdays. Kaye claimed 1913 as the year of his birth, although his official birth date is Jan. 18, 1911, and Fine was born on Aug. 29, 1913.

The 56-item exhibition will feature a broad range of materials, including music holographs, typed lyric sheets, performance materials, scripts, correspondence, business papers, photographs, programs, recordings, videos and more. The items are drawn from the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection and the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division.

The exhibition’s video station will display clips from “The Danny Kaye Show,” “An Evening with Danny Kaye and the New York Philharmonic,” the UNICEF film “Assignment Children” and a scene from Fine’s documentary “Musical Comedy Tonight II” that includes Kaye’s show-stopping number “Tchaikovsky” from “Lady in the Dark,” in which he rattles off the names of some 50 Russian composers in 39 seconds.

In addition to their success in the entertainment industry, Kaye and Fine were dedicated humanitarians, who spent much of their free time promoting charities. Most notably, in 1954 Kaye became the first goodwill ambassador to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), a position he held the rest of his life.

Born in Brooklyn, Kaye started in show business as a teenager at the resorts in the Catskill Mountains. In 1939, he joined the cast of a short-lived revue called “Sunday Night Varieties.” There, he met Sylvia Fine who was composing, writing, and playing piano for the show. The two bonded emotionally and professionally – they married in 1940.

In 1941 Kaye appeared in the hit Broadway musical comedy “Lady in the Dark.” His performance in the show rocked the theater world and propelled him to fame. In 1942, on Broadway, he starred in Cole Porter’s musical “Let’s Face It!” He became a standing-room-only draw at the largest and most prestigious venues, from the Roxy Theater in New York to the London Palladium. He made 17 films, including “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (1947) and “The Court Jester” (1956). His gifts as an actor led him to many different projects beyond film and stage, including recordings of popular songs, hosting his own television show and conducting major symphony orchestras across the world.

Fine, also born in Brooklyn, was a graduate of Brooklyn College, where she studied music. She evolved into the consummate show-biz professional, mastering every aspect of behind-the-scenes work from writing scripts and songs to organizing and producing performances. She wrote more than 100 songs for Kaye during their 40-year collaboration. Fine also took her knowledge of theater to the academic world by teaching classes on the history of musical comedy at the University of Southern California and Yale University. Later, she created three PBS specials on the subject, “Musical Comedy Tonight.”

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 151.8 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.

Read the full article here at LOC.gov

THE NEW YORK POPS 30th BIRTHDAY GALA MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

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THE NEW YORK POPS 30th BIRTHDAY GALA
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

THE NEW YORK POPS AND MUSIC DIRECTOR STEVEN REINEKE HONOR
FRANK LOESSER, JULE STYNE and DANNY KAYE

7:00 PM – GALA CONCERT AT CARNEGIE HALL
8:30 PM – DINNER DANCE AT THE PLAZA HOTEL

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NEW YORK, NY – On Monday, April 29, The New York Pops marks its 30th birthday with a grand gala evening honoring the musical talents of Frank Loesser, Jule Styne and Danny Kaye. The event begins at 7:00 PM with a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring a spectacular lineup of guest artists under the baton of Music Director Steven Reineke. Performers to be announced. Following the concert, a black tie dinner and dance will be held at the luxurious Plaza Hotel.

TICKETS

Single tickets for the concert-only are $62, $95 and $155 and are open to the public starting March 4, 2013.
To purchase, call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or visit the Carnegie Hall Box Office in person at 57th Street and 7th Avenue or online at www.carnegiehall.org.



For more information about benefit tickets and how to support The New York Pops, call 212-765-7677 or visit www.newyorkpops.org