Classical Music Project to highlight

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, as part of its ongoing Classical Music Project, is partnering with the Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities and The State Theatre to present four classical music-themed films, including Oscar-winner "Amadeus," beginning Jan. 20 in State College.

In addition to "Amadeus" on April 7, the film series features "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould" on Jan. 20, "Immortal Beloved" on Feb. 3 and "Tous les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World)" on March 24. Each of the Sunday afternoon films will be shown at 2 p.m. in The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College.

Tickets, which are $8 for an adult and $6 for a student, are available beginning two weeks before each film screening at The State Theatre box office or at the door. The State Theatre box office is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Visit thestatetheatre.org or call 814-272-0606 for more information.

Visit cmp.psu.edu to learn more about the film series and other Classical Music Project events, many of which are free and open to the public.

Here are details about the four films, each of which will be introduced by a classical music expert:

-- "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould"
2 p.m. Jan. 20

The award-winning "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould" (1993) is a collection of vignettes, each highlighting different aspects of the life, work and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist. From director Francois Girard ("The Red Violin"), the film’s music consists almost entirely of piano recordings by Gould and includes works famously linked to him, such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the Well-Tempered Clavier.

Christopher Guzman, classical pianist and assistant professor of piano in the Penn State School of Music, will introduce the film.

-- "Immortal Beloved"
2 p.m. Feb. 3

"Immortal Beloved" (1994), starring Gary Oldman and Isabella Rossellini, tells the story of composer Ludwig van Beethoven and the mystery woman identified in private letters as his “immortal beloved.” Following Beethoven’s death, his secretary and first biographer Anton Schindler begins a journey to identify the mystery woman. It’s the tale of a man of genius, a woman of passion and the mystery of a lifetime.

Michael Broyles, professor emeritus at Penn State and professor of musicology at Florida State University, will introduce the film.

-- "Tous les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World)"
2 p.m. March 24

"Tous les Matins du Monde" (1991), a French fictional film based on historical characters, focuses on the 17th- and early 18th-century composer Marin Marais’ life as a musician, his mentor Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe and Sainte-Colombe’s daughters. Director Alain Corneau adapts writer Pascal Quignard’s novel, a passionate and haunting story about the love of music and the apprenticeship of a famous viol player. The viol da gamba, a stringed instrument similar to a cello played by the instrument’s master Jordi Savall, is heard throughout the film and sets the mood for the story. The film stars Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Marielle and Anne Brochet.

Marica Tacconi, professor of musicology in the Penn State School of Music, will introduce the film.

"Amadeus"
2 p.m. April 7

"Amadeus" (1984), the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri, was nominated for 53 awards and received 40, eight of them Academy Awards, including best picture. Amadeus, which stars F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce, chronicles one of the world’s most famous composers as seen through the eyes of his enemy. The film, which has been called “an emotionally charged and tragic piece,” is ranked among the American Film Institute’s Top 100 American movies.

Charles Youmans, classical guitarist and professor of music history in the Penn State School of Music, will introduce the film.

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Last Updated February 07, 2013