“What Would Beethoven Do?” hits the film-festival circuit

Posted on: April 5, 2016

At the Cleveland International Film Festival this month, there will be three screenings of What Would Beethoven Do?, a 2016 documentary by Canadian filmmaker and double-bassist Jonathan Keijser. The 75-minute film—featuring musicians including conductor Benjamin Zander, singer/conductor Bobby McFerrin, composer Eric Whitacre, singer/composer Britlin Losee, and conductor/composer Dinuk Wijeratne—will be shown in Cleveland on April 8, 9, and 10. The documentary follows musicians including turntablists, female composers, and musicians from different ethnic and racial backgrounds, as examples of what it terms “renegades”: people who are breaking stereotypes about classical music and creating a “revolution happening from within.” The film was shown in February at the Classical Arts Film Festival in Napa, California, and is scheduled to be screened on April 22 at the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience. Click here for more information about the documentary.

Posted April 5, 2016