Thursday, January 16, 2014

Franz Liszt Documentary Film Screening in Monrovia on February 9, 2014

Moonrise Press and the Scenic Drive Gallery 



A documentary film by Ophra Yerushalmi 

Free Screening of a 60-min. film will take place on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3 p.m.
at the Scenic Drive Gallery, 125 Scenic Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016, tel. 626-359-3946 

RSVP to by February 1, 2014.

This documentary focuses on the inner duel between the virtuoso and the composer, the seduction of glamor and the quest for spirituality that took place throughout Franz Liszt's life. Featuring interviews and performances with musical and literary luminaries, this is a film filled with revelations about the quintessential romantic artist who is also at the forefront of modernity. Selected for the 2011 celebrations and festivals in Paris, Budapest, Rome, Utrecht, Bologna and New York, Liszt's Dance with the Devil has since also been screened in Ottawa, Baltimore, Oakland, The Harwood Museum, Taos and Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Ophra Yerushalmi is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, later a scholarship student of Claudio Arrau and composer Stefan Wolpe. She has performed throughout four continents, and premiered works of Israeli composers Paul Ben-Haim, Mordecai Seter and Joseph Tal. Her previous documentary film was dedicated to the presence of Fryderyk Chopin in contemporary culture, Chopin’s Afterlife. New York audiences have heard her at the 92nd Street "Y", Merkin Hall, The Miller Theatre, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, and The Music Festival of the Hamptons directed by Lukas Foss, who also participated in Chopin’s Afterlife. Her essay, “Benediction to Liszt in his Solitude” was published by Pendragon Press in Liszt: A Chorus of Voices. In 2013, Ms. Yerushalmi has received “An Artist-in-Residence” fellowship for three months by the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, to develop her new film-project Preludes.

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