A Late Quartet, a film by writer/director Yaron Zilberman, will be shown at the Capitol Theatre, with a full performance of the work around which the film was constructed, Beethoven’s String Quartet no. 14. This evening also features a panel discussion with the WSO String Quartet and film expert Vincent Georgie followed by a wine reception.
The evening begins in the Kelly Theatre at 6 p.m. with a screening of the film. The concert follows in the Pentastar with the WSO String Quartet featuring Min Xie and Michèle Dumoulin, Violin, Roman Kosarev, Viola, and Andrew McIntosh, Cello. Limited seating is available on-stage. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the musicians at a wine reception in the Joy Theatre after the concert.
A late Quartet explores the intense and multifaceted relationships between members of an established string quartet. Zilberman chose Beethoven’s String Quartet no.14, Op. 131, to anchor the film musically. The quartet, 40 minutes in length and consisting of seven movements, was Beethoven’s favourite. He is quoted as saying that he would find “a new manner of part‐writing and, thank God, less lack of imagination than before.” Robert Schumann said of this quartet, together with Op. 127, “…the grandeur of which no words can express. They seem to me to stand…on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.”
The film, called “…a classical drama in seven movements” by The Globe and Mail, races through a whirlwind of emotional complexities. Zilberman followed the pattern of the quartet in his script, giving it seven movements each with a different form, length and tempo. He was fascinated by Beethoven’s instructions for the quartet, that it be performed with no breaks which mean the musicians cannot tune their instruments between movements. The instruments go out of tune during the piece, each in a completely different way, forcing the musicians to adjust and compensate. The director sees this as a great metaphor for life and relationships that are bound, at some point, to go out of tune—especially long‐term ones.
Online information available here: http://www.windsorsymphony.com/concerts/latequartet.html
Tickets are $75 per person ($100 for on-stage seating) or $140 per couple ($185 per couple for on-stage seating). Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor International Film Festival.
Tickets are available through the WSO Box Office, 519-973-1238 ex. 2 and must be purchased by Thursday, February 14.
The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is a cultural organization whose mission is to recognize and celebrate the art of the moving image by showcasing Canadian and international films and filmmakers.Through its exhibition, education, and community development programs, WIFF builds audiences for Canadian content and talent, provides training opportunities for emerging filmmakers, and promotes the creative economy of Windsor and Southwestern Ontario.
Founded in 1947, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra is a professional regional orchestra of 43 contracted musicians. It enjoys a national reputation for its innovative programming with a strong creative commitment to Canadian performers and composers. The WSO has established a national reputation for its musical excellence and wide‐ranging Educational and Community Outreach programs. The WSO can be heard regularly on CBC national radio broadcasts, and made its Gemini‐nominated national television debut on CBC Television's Opening Night in 2003.The WSO is a two‐time recipient of the prestigious Ontario Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts (2001, 2003). In 2007 it was awarded the prestigious Vida Peene Fund Orchestra Award for artistic excellence. 2008 the orchestra’s recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf was nominated for a Juno Award. Since 1998, the WSO has doubled its subscription sales, and in 2005 launched the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2012, the WSO moved into the historic Capitol Theatreand added a Friday evening Pops and a Sunday matinee Masterworks. The WSO performs a 33‐week concert season from September to May.
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