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The 2nd Annual Classical Arts Film Festival

Below are trailers to some of the amazing films that are screening during the 2017 Classical Arts Film Festival.
For screening information, please scroll down to the schedule of events located on this page.  

February 9th, 7:00pm

Tickets are $10

Screening 1:
CONCERTO directed by Cristina Cassidy 75min.
Concerto follows the lives of Charles and Christopher Rex, from their childhood days in Orlando, Florida, to their prestigious careers as top symphony musicians. The common thread throughout the film is their conflicted relationship with their father, Charles Gordon Rex, a brilliant man but tortured man who longed to be a composer but whose demons thwarted his success. Stricken with polio at three that left him a paraplegic, their father suffered physically and mentally throughout his life. He pushed the boys abusively to reach the heights of fame that he felt he could never attain. Over the years, the brothers, plagued by their father's abuse, and at the same time influenced by his musicality, came to terms with their past. At the end of the film, they perform a double concerto written for them by the late American composer Stephen Paulus, with the South Dakota Symphony. On on the same program, an orchestral piece by their father is premiered.
Interviews with famous musical personalities such as Maestro Zubin Mehta, Yo-Yo Ma, and the musical director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, give us a sense of the level of virtuosity the brothers have reached and the respect they command among their peers. Interviews with family members and friends, blended with home movies, personal family photos and audio recordings enrich the personal side of the story. Several national symphony orchestras and regional chamber music groups are featured. However, one does not have to be a lover of classical music to be touched by this film, which leaves us at the end wondering, "Are we who we are because of our past, or in spite of it?"

Screening 2:
DALÍ’S LAST MASTERPIECE directed by David Pujol  57min.
This film examines Dalí, his artwork, his philosophy and his persona, as well as his latest creation, the Dalí Theatre-Museum, where he transferred his universe and where he projected his imagination, his dreams and visions, and condensed a life devoted to art.

February 10th, 2:00pm

Tickets are $10

WRITTEN BY MRS. BACH:  BROKEN SILENCE  directed by Alex McCall  84min.
Using forensic document examination and professional testimony, this film sets out to prove that Anna Magdalena Bach, the second wife of Johann Sebastian Bach, was the composer - or joint composer - of some of his most famous works.

February 10th, 7:00pm

Tickets are $10

ADAGIO FOR STRINGS Live Quartet Performance
A quartet plays the masterpiece by Samuel Barber in its original form, from the 2nd mvt of the composer's String Quartet Op. 11.  This is a live performance followed by the documentary film.
Rachel Patrick and Kashi Elliott, violins
Paula Karolak, viola
James Jaffe, cello

SAMUEL BARBER: ABSOLUTE BEAUTY directed by H. Paul Moon  120min.
Known for his mournful 'Adagio for Strings,' composer Samuel Barber was never quite fashionable. 'Absolute Beauty' is a probing exploration of his music and melancholia. Leading figures in classical music, including Thomas Hampson, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop and John Corigliano, combine with oral histories and biographical experts, to tell the story of the man, his music, and his relationship with Gian-Carlo Menotti. Shown with intimate cinematography, musicians grapple with and perform Barber's masterworks, in a range of scenes showing the composer himself, to today's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This is the first documentary about one of America's greatest composers, at its U.S. premiere.

CLASSICAL ARTS SHORT FILMS February 11th, 2:00pm

Tickets are $10

PARADE DE SATIE directed by Koji Yamamura 14min
A Parade for 3 managers & 4 performers. Mixing quotes from French composer Erik Satie’s essays with the music Parade, this is an animated re-creation of realist ballet images going beyond reality.

INVISIBLE POINT directed by Tanin Torabi 5min
Dance is prohibited in Iran. While it is told to be a sin, still there are many dancers dancing with passion and have not been seen, they bear the restrictions and still are dancing.

FULL MEASURES directed by Xuejing Xu 3min
A pianist struggles to overcome writer's block before his deadline. When monsters and fairies interfere, will he complete his goal in time?

LAST BEAT directed by Paul D. Bestolarides 5min
A soldier attempts to investigate a memory of a fallen comrade in order to complete a musical composition.

KANON ROCK directed by Nicholas Dobkin  6min
A young conductor journeys toward artistic maturity by infusing the timeless music of Pachelbel's Canon in D with the modern spirit of rock.

RAMBLE directed by Andreas Ramm  7min
Based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethes "Osterspaziergang" Ramble takes us on a romantic journey through nature, but sometimes we crave paradise so much that we lose track of reality.

THE GREAT ACCOUNTANT directed by Michael Quigley  14min
After years of resentful marriage, the return of Ari, a successful concert violinist, reignites a bitter jealousy in Eunice's husband Oren, a struggling composer. Unwilling to appear threatened, Oren contrives a pretense for the two former lovers to be alone together. In doing so he humiliates and enrages Eunice, hastening their mutual downfall and ultimate reconciliation. Their pettiness is tallied from above by an omniscient Accountant who tries to square the contradictions of the relationship.

THE WORLD OF DENNIS JOHN PATTON directed by S. Kramer Herzog  18min
After 30 years of driving by a 30-foot sculpture of "Sir Francis Drake" on the Marin County bay in northern California, mutli-award winning film maker S. Kramer Herzog decided to find out who was the mystery artist with "out-of-this-world talent". Question asked and answered, a gem was found, one year in the film making!


February 11th, 7:00pm

Tickets are $15

SWAN LAKE 160min
From the Paris Opera Ballet
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography​: Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Conductor​: Vello Pähn
Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet
Paris Opera Orchestra

Drawing on ancient Slavic and Norse mythology where destiny is often born out of the mysterious forces of nature, Swan Lake has become a legend in its own right. Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score is imbued with a deep sense of nostalgia, echoing the composer’s own experience of love as elusive as it was impossible. However the work remained misunderstood until 1895 when Marius Petipa undertook his own choreographic interpretation. With the help of Lev Ivanov, Petipa created majestic figures for the female corps de ballet and breathed life into the swan-dancer. In Rudolf Nureyev’s “Freudian” version, conceived for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984, Prince Siegfried, manipulated by the evil Rothbart, shuns the realities of power and marriage to take refuge in dreams where a magic lake symbolizing idealised love appears to him. Nureyev elevated the role of the prince to that of the heroine by giving him a deeper psychological dimension whilst opting to give this masterly action ballet a tragic denouement more in tune with its musical substance.