“Can we divine the future of classical music?” writes Katherine Brooks at Wednesday’s (9/17) Huffington Post. “The documentary ‘Maestro’ attempts to dig a little deeper into the changing world of classical music’s uncertain fate. To do so, a film crew spent two years following … conductor Paavo Järvi … as he traveled from one symphony hall to the next, accompanied by an all-star cast of soloists like Joshua Bell, Lang Lang, Hilary Hahn, and Pekka Kuusisto. ‘Maestro’ documents the nerves before a major performance, the adrenaline rush of conducting 100 concerts a year and the anxiety that lingers during the shutdowns and strikes that threaten Järvi’s world. ‘I don’t know anything, actually, that can be quite as powerful as music,’ Järvi explains in the film.” The article includes a trailer for the film and notes that a Kickstarter fundraising campaign is underway for a premiere screening of the film in Philadelphia in January 2015. Orchestras featured in the film include the Orchestre de Paris (where Järvi is music director), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Pärnu Festival Orchestra (Estonia), and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Posted September 18, 2014