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1906 Murder Revisited North Country Public Radio in December (11/25/05)

In 1906, Chester Gillette murdered Grace Brown on Big Moose Lake. This event became a national phenomena highlighting social class conflict and resulted in the writing of An American Tragedy, and several other literary and historical works. The anniversary of the murder will be the focus of a range of activities around the region in 2006. During December, NCPR will air a number of features related to the murder:

Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2, 8am - Adirondack Bureau Chief, Brian Mann will contribute features about An American Tragedy, to air on the station's weekday morning regional news program The Eight O'Clock Hour. He will talk with historians, authors, residents of Big Moose, and with Tobias Picker, the composer of a new opera, An American Tragedy, which will have its world premiere broadcast, live from the Metropolitan Opera, on Saturday, December 3rd.

Thursday, December 1, 7pm - Readers and Writers on the Air host Ellen Rocco will talk with Jennifer Donnelly, author of A Northern Light. This work of historical fiction portrays the murder through the eyes of a 16 year old local girl working at the Glenmore Hotel on Big Moose Lake - the site of the murder.

Saturday December 3, 1:00 pm - premier of the opera, An American Tragedy. Aired live from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC with specially produced regional content from Brian Mann preceding the premier.

In addition, a report on An American Tragedy, also produced by Brian Mann, is scheduled to air on one or more of the National Public Radio news programs in early December.

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