Saturday, November 17, 2012

Special benefit screening/performance of A Late Quartet

On Thursday, November 22, a special screening of A Late Quartet will take place with the director Yaron Zilberman in attendance. The evening is a fundraiser for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and will feature a performance by a quartet including TSO musicians Jonathan Crow (TSO concertmaster, formerly concertmaster of l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal) and Assistant Principal Violist Eric Nowlin. They will participate with the director in a Q & A after the screening.

Tickets are only $30 and the first 400 people attending will receive a $50 DVD prize pack from Mongrel Media. So not only are attendees supporting a great arts organization but getting a great evening and a lot of bang for their buck.

The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher  Walken, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ivanir. They play a renowned string quartet that is thrown into disarray when a member receives a troubling diagnosis, and long-simmering tensions rise to the surface.

The film is a lovely relationship drama between the four members of the fictional quartet, known as The Fugue Quartet. A fugue is a complex style of music in which each part is independent and takes turns carrying the melody (instead of all parts supporting a single melody), and is an apt metaphor for the drama that unfolds.

The film also takes inspiration from Beethoven's late String Quartet #14, Opus 131 in C-sharp minor. Beethoven's string quartet's are considered by many musicians to be his greatest works and Op. 131 to be the pinnacle of his quartets. Franz Schubert famously said upon hearing it, "After this, what is left for us to write?"

The benefit takes place at the Isabel Bader Theatre and begins at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.

A Late Quartet - A Special TSO Screening

Watch an exclusive preview screening of A Late Quartet, meet the director, and hear Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians perform all in one evening!

A Late Quartet is about a world-renowned string quartet struggling to stay together in the face of death, competing egos, and irrepressible lust. The film recently premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to superb reviews. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ivanir, Rolling Stone said it was "paradise to watch this quartet of actors... make their own kind of music."

This event also offers a unique opportunities to connect with the film and the TSO. Hear a TSO String Quartet performance before the screening and stay afterwards for a special Q & A with director Yaron Zilberman, TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, and TSO Assistant Principal Viola Eric Nowlin. The first 400 people will also receive a Mongrel Media DVD prize pack valued at $50.

All proceeds will benefit the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto
Tickets - $30

6:00pm / Doors Open
7:00pm – 7:15pm / TSO String Quartet performance
7:15pm to 9:00pm / Screening of A Late Quartet
9:00pm to 9:30pm / Q and A with director Yaron Zilberman, TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow and TSO Assistant Principal Viola Eric Nowlin

Questions? Contact TSO Customer Service at 416-598-3375 Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm.

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