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Sunday November 2 | 2 PM
The Berkshire Museum | Pittsfield, MA
Touching the Sound with Filmmaker Peter Rosen

Touching the Sound: The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii documents the life of the extraordinary Japanese pianist, blind from infancy, who triumphs as gold medalist at the 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

From the stages of Texas to New York's Carnegie Hall, to the concert halls of Tokyo and the tsunami-devastated coastline of Tohoku, his music and seemingly miraculous ability to transcend all obstacles have moved audiences around the world.

Peter Rosen, who will introduce the film, has produced and directed over 100 full-length films and television programs and worked with some of the most important figures in the arts, including Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Martha Graham, Garrison Keillor and I.M. Pei. He is currently completing a pilot for a PBS series on the art of collecting art.

$15.00 includes light refreshment

 

Sunday May 3 | 2 PM
The Stables at The Mount | Lenox, MA
Unsilent Composer Phil Kline

This will be a composer’s field guide to the most defining works of the 20th and 21st centuries— what endures and what’s changing in classical music.

American composer and writer Phil Kline founded The Del-Byzanteens in the 1980s with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and painter/filmmaker James Nares, and collaborated with photographer Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to her Ballad of Sexual Dependency.

Many of his works are moving sound sculptures that include multiple boomboxes, the most famous of which is Unsilent Night. Following a debut performance in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1992, annual December performances have spread to cities across the U.S,Canada and Australia.

Kline’s compositions have been performed at Lincoln Center, BAM, and London’s Barbican Centre and he hosts a radio show on WQXR/Q2 in New York. His CD Zippo Songs, a song cycle based on poems that American GIs inscribed on their cigarette lighters in Vietnam, was named “Best of the Year” by The New York Times, Newsday, Time Out, and Gramophone.

$15.00 includes light refreshment



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