Saturday, June 23, 2018

Verdi-Themed Film Opens Sembrich Film Series

Left: Rubi Moscovich as Itzik, Middle: Ronit Elkabetz as Dina, Right: Shlomi Avraham as Papi, The opera-themed film In the Mouth of the Wolf is set to be shown in Bolton Landing on Monday, June 25th, at 7:30 pm. This opening selection of the Sembrich Summer Film Series will be presented at Bolton Free Library, 4922 Lake Shore Drive, and is open free and open to the public.

This documentary, virtually unseen since first being shown on U.S. television in 1963, offers a glimpse into an all-but-vanished musical milieu, as the nervous stars — opera greats Margherita Roberti, Renato Cioni, and Piero Cappuccilli — prepare their new production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller for Parma’s notoriously demanding audience.

The screening will feature, as host, Verdi-aficionado August Ventura who “discovered” this forgotten gem while conducting research for his own documentary on the Verdi-obsessed culture of Parma, a film entitled 27.

This 90-minute Bolton presentation of In the Mouth of the Wolf will follow similar events hosted by Ventura at such venues as the Metropolitan Opera Club, Chicago’s Italian Cultural Institute and at New York’s Film Forum, where the film played to a capacity crowd.

On Sunday, June 10th, the Broadway musical The Band’s Visit swept the 2018 Tony Awards with ten trophies, including the award for Best Musical. The Band’s Visit will be screened on Monday, July 9th, at 7:30 pm. This second event of the summer series will be screened at Bolton Town Hall, located at 4949 Lake Shore Drive, and is free and open to the public.

In The Band’s Visit, eight Egyptian musicians who comprise the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive by mistake in a small town in a remote part of Israel. With no transportation out of town and without a single hotel available in town, the locals extend their hospitality for the night to this band of unexpected strangers.

This film is presented as a part of The Sembrich’s ongoing 2018 season theme, A World in Harmony.

The Band’s Visit screening will be bookended by several short clips from the Broadway musical.

On Wednesday, June 27th, at 1:30 pm, the performers from the Seagle Music Colony will present an entertaining sampling of the Colony’s 2018 summer season, including selections from Julius Caesar, Candide, The Great Gatsby and Mame. Tickets are $35.

Ticket availability is limited and reservations are a must for this annual sell-out performance. For additional information, call The Sembrich at (518) 644-2431, Ext. 101.

The museum is open daily from June 15th through September 15th from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 to 5 pm. For additional information, visit their website.

Photo: From Left: Rubi Moscovich as Itzik, Middle: Ronit Elkabetz as Dina, Right: Shlomi Avraham as Papi, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.

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