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Composer Spotlight

Friday, February 9th
7:00pm
Tickets are $10

The Composer Spotlight dedicates itself to those who have devoted their lives to this revered profession.

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COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT

FILM BLOCK THREE OF THE CLASSICAL ARTS FILM FESTIVAL

THE MAESTRO

Directed by Adam Cushman
Written by CV Herst
Produced by David J. Phillips

After the Second World War, budding film composer Jerry Herst moves to Hollywood to study with infamous master teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

The Maestro is a dramatic biopic about famed composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (played by The Walking Dead's Xander Berkeley) that features Jon Polito in his final role, as studio executive Herbert Englehart.

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was a highly notable composer of over 200 Hollywood films in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Often receiving zero credit for his work, Mario went on to mentor some of our greatest film composers including John Williams, Randy Newman, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Andre Previn. The film is based on letters that examine Tedesco's teachings and his relationship with student Jerry Herst (played by newcomer Leo Marks), focusing on both the finer points of art and expression, as well as the realities of post-war Hollywood. 


Xander Berkeley and his wife Sarah Clarke (Twilight, 24) take a turn at portraying on-screen husband and wife, with Clarke in the role of Mario's wife Clara Tedesco. In addition to featuring late beloved character actor Jon Polito (The Big Lebowski), it also features an ensemble cast including Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will), William Russ (American History X), Michael Johnston (Teen Wolf), Jonathan Cherry (Final Destination 2), Lucas Elliot Eberl (Letters from Iwo Jima), Bobby Campo (The Final Destination), Kristin Gutoskie (The Vampire Diaries) and Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes). 

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