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JoAnn Falletta, conductor
A powerful multimedia screening of the film Winter Journey based on Martin Goldsmith’s book, The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany. The evening features a Q&A with Goldsmith and JoAnn Falletta followed by a performance of Nielsen’s Inextinguishable Symphony, his tribute to the power of life over war. Buffalo Jewish Film Festival is co-presenter for the film with promotional support from the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo.
5:30pm Doors open
6-7:30pm Film screening with light refreshments in the Mary Seaton Room
7:30-8pm Q&A with Martin Goldsmith and JoAnn Falletta
8-8:30pm BPO performance in the main hall
About Winter Journey
Hailed as “a masterpiece,” “a miracle,” “exhilarating,” and “sublime” by critics in Europe, and “haunting” and “phenomenal” by The Hollywood Insider, the acclaimed film Winter Journey is both a highly personal meditation on fate and a fascinating exploration of a little-known aspect of the Nazi era of German history. Directed by Academy Award-nominated Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard, it tells the story of George Goldsmith, nee Guenther Ludwig Goldschmidt, who met his future wife, Rosemarie Gumpert, when they were both members of the Judische Kulturbund, or Jewish Cultural Association, a remarkable ensemble of Jewish musicians, actors, and dancers that was maintained as an insidious propaganda tool by the Nazi’s Minister of Culture Joseph Goebbels. Guenther and Rosemarie performed with the Kulturbund Orchestra between 1935 and 1941. In the film George shares his recollections of his tumultuous youth in a series of conversations with his son, Martin Goldsmith, who appears throughout the film but never on camera.
Ostergaard weaves those conversations together with archival footage and ingenious green-screen recreations of actual events into a journey through time and space that leads inexorably to “the film’s gut-punch of a finale. Dealing with themes of guilt, Jewish identity, the father/son dynamic, and the responsibilities of the Second Generation, Winter Journey is moving proof of William Faulkner’s timeless observation that “the past is never dead; it isn’t even past.” Winter Journey also stands as the final film in the storied career of the great Swiss actor Bruno Ganz. Best known for starring in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire and The American Friend and his stunning portrayal of Adolf Hitler in Downfall. Once again quoting The Hollywood Insider, Ganz’s performance in WJ is “a perfect distillation of the actor’s distinguished career and a fitting epilogue.”
Click the video below to watch the film trailer:
About Martin Goldsmith
Martin Goldsmith is known to American radio listeners as the long-time host of NPR’s “Performance Today” and the host of the PBS special “Classical Rewind.” He used conversations with his father as the basis for his acclaimed book The Inextinguishable Symphony, which in turn inspired the film. Born in St. Louis, Missouri after his parents emigrated to the United States, Goldsmith received a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins. From 1971 to 1975 he was a radio host, musical producer, and writer at classical radio station WCLV, in Cleveland, Ohio. He joined WETA-FM, Washington, D.C., in 1975, serving as producer, announcer, music director, and, eventually, program director. In 1987 he joined National Public Radio as a music producer for Performance Today. From 1989 to 1999 he hosted that program; he became its senior commentator in 1999. He then moved to XM Satellite Radio, where he serves as director of classical music programming and is frequently heard on Sirius XM’s Symphony Hall channel. [Goldsmith has sung in the chorus of the Baltimore Opera Company and made a guest appearance with the Washington Opera. He has also acted in many roles in Washington-area theaters, including Arena Stage. He plays the French horn. His music reviews have appeared in the Washington Post. We are excited to welcome him to Buffalo.
Thank you to our co-presenting sponsor
The Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival, a program of the JCC of Greater Buffalo
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