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What Would Beethoven Do? - TSO Conversation at The Loft

The Loft Cinema
3233 East Speedway Boulevard
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Co-presented by Tucson Symphony Orchestra and The Loft Cinema

“Passionate … inspiring … exuberant.”
– KD Tolliver, Letterboxd

Classical music doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being hip. For too long it’s been seen as a stuffy genre for the high cultured elite.  What Would Beethoven Do?  follows a number of musical renegades who are looking to change that perception, from composers flirting with modern mediums, to young musicians dedicated to changing the narrative, to a man who works with a wide-range of artists, from tabla players to turntablists. Notable artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Benjamin Zander and Eric Whitacre add their voices to the debate about why classical music is still relevant today.  This entertaining, award-winning new documentary, filled with beautiful music and eye-opening ideas, captures the rise of an exciting revolution happening from within. These innovative individuals are breaking the stereotypes and bringing classical music to a 21st century audience. At its core, it’s about why we create art and why we should care about art in our modern society. (Dir. by Jonathan Keijser, 2016, USA, 75 mins., Not Rated)

TSO Conversation: Composer, music publisher and TSO composer-in-residence Dan Coleman will lead a conversation following the film. Coleman is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Modern Works Music Publishing, an independent music publishing administrator. As a composer his music has been commissioned and performed by leading ensembles, including The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Orpheus, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Chamber Music Society, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and Tucson Symphony Orchestra among others.