“Maestro” documentary takes behind-the-scenes look at classical life

Posted on: August 9, 2016

The 2015 classical-music documentary Maestro “has been translated into 10 languages and is airing on five continents,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Sunday’s (8/7) Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio). “For the first time the American public will be able to experience the film. It will be available for purchase or rental [on iTunes] on Sept. 5. The documentary”—by Cincinnati-based filmmaker David Donnelly—“is a behind-the-scenes look at the life that is experienced by some of today’s biggest touring artists in classical music…. It follows Paavo Järvi, who is now music director emeritus of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, superstar pianist Lang Lang, violinists Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn and others over a two-year period as they perform to sold-out halls across the globe. The 90-minute film has multiple Cincinnati scenes, including Music Hall, as well as international stages…. Local private backers helped to finance the film.… The film is also proving to be a useful tool for music educators. At a recent screening in an Ohio school to 300 students, a survey of 100 of them indicated that more than 80 percent were more likely to go to a classical music concert after watching the film.”

Posted August 9, 2016