Presented in association with Aspen Film and Aspen Music Festival and School
Surviving pogroms and supporting his family at eight by playing for silent movies, Gregor Piatigorsky became principal cellist of the Bolshoi at 15 and met Lenin; escaping the Soviet Union made him an action hero, fleeing Europe in 1939 eventually made him an American. THE CELLIST tells the story of the virtuoso cellist and raconteur; reveling in his musicianship, wit and humanity and includes interviews with Yo-Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta, and Michael Tilson Thomas as well as tales from the virtuosic cellists and musicians he taught.
Producer Hamid Shams will be featured in a post-screening discussion along with Aspen Music School faculty member and Houston Symphony Principal Cellist, Brinton Smith who will also perform.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale Wednesday, June 19 at www.aspenshowtix.com, (970) 920-5770, or in person at the Wheeler Opera House box office.