18th MOVIEGUIDE® Awards Gala, Beverly Hills, California
Each year around Oscar time, MOVIEGUIDE® hosts its Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry in Hollywood. This year Dr. Linda Reese honored the event with her piano concert. On a Bösendorfer Imperial.
During the Gala MOVIEGUIDE® rewards the best family-friendly movies and TV shows of the previous year, as well as the most moral and Christ-centered films for mature audiences.
Dr. Ted Baehr
MOVIEGUIDE® was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ted Baehr, past president of the Episcopal Radio & Television Foundation and former director of the Television Center at the City University of New York. A graduate of high distinction in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College, Dr. Baehr received his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, where he served as the editor of the NYU Law School Newspaper.
MOVIEGUIDE® is affiliated with the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry, also founded by Dr. Baehr, which is a non-profit ministry of Good News Communications, Inc. Both MOVIEGUIDE® and CFTVC are dedicated to redeeming the values of the entertainment industry, according to biblical principles, by influencing industry executives and artists and by informing and educating the public about the influence of the entertainment media and about how to train their families to become media-wise, so they can choose the good and reject the bad.
Dr. Linda Atlas Reese is one of the most eclectic performers recording today. Her 1st album, 2 Grands 4 Christmas released in 2008, was a collaboration with Elton John's rehearsal stand in to record 4 hands on 2 pianos and create a symphony of sound, the likes of which have never been heard before. A Grand World is her 5th album and was released in preparation for the Movieguide Gala. Dr. Reese has chosen to record all her albums exclusively on the Bosendorfer piano.
Linda was captured by the sound of intricate, complex piano music at a young age. She was 12 when she astonished her piano teacher by playing an additional bass line with her left foot. At 16, she played the virtuosic piece Brandenburg Concerto #5 (with both feet on the floor) and then went on to double major in music and psychology at Bowdoin College.
Linda left music behind when she went to Medical School and trained in the US Navy, becoming the Senior Medical Officer at NAS Dallas. Linda's only public performance in the 25 years between her senior recital and her 1st album was at her own wedding in 1993. When not practicing medicine or piano, Linda home schools her 3 prodigious children, all with the unfailing support of her husband, Phil.
Linda's recent awards include 2007 Coach of the Year for West Side Little League, Fort Worth, and it was recently discovered that she still holds 3 top 10 batting records from her college softball days.
(Photocredits: Dr. Baehr, Dr. Reese, Brittany Reese)