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Friday, April 26, 7 pm
Director David Donnelly and cast member Tatiana Berman in attendance for Q & A
The Garfield Theatre   719 Race St, Cincinnati, 45202

This engaging film has everything a compelling documentary should have – and more.


"Everyone, especially women, must have the confidence to create their own definition of success, and design lives that don't force us to choose between personal dreams and professional ones." ~ Tatiana Berman

    FORTE gives us real people, balancing real-life issues – relationships, parenting, careers – as women in the male-dominated classical music industry. Their world requires constant practice, extensive travel and intense artistic focus, all in the face of unrelenting competitive pressure and demand for perfection.
    Written and directed by David Donnelly, known for his dedication, imagination and skill in capturing the performing arts, FORTE doesn't feel like a typical 'talking heads' doc, because it's not.
    Filmed in Cincinnati, New York and seven other countries – Argentina, France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Russia, and the United Kingdom, Dan Marque's fluid cinematography moves us through cityscapes, countrysides, family homes and concert halls, in an unhurried, relevant and eye-pleasing fashion. The score and performance segments affirm the virtuosity of the principal subjects.
    Donnelly tells the inspiring stories of three remarkable women, each pursuing their dreams of excellence in their own way, on their own terms:
   • Russian-born American (and Cincinnati resident) Tatiana Berman juggles family and dual careers as a violinist and arts entrepreneur.
   • A first-generation American from Argentina now living in New York, Lucía Caruso is finding world-wide success as a composer and pianist, especially with development of her Transclassical approach.
   • At 29, Norwegian Eldbjørg Hemsing is a rising star on the European scene – known for her ability to connect with audiences, charismatic performances and focus on the folk and traditional music of Norway.
    As each woman breaks down barriers, their distinct personal stories reveal the common bonds of talent, dedication, courage and strength. There is a lesson here for everyone, of perseverance and following dreams, within and outside the world of performing arts.

   • An ensemble cast, comprised entirely of women, a rarity in the documentary genre.
   • One of Forte's subject characters, Lucía Caruso, composes the music for this film, including the scenes that involve herself. And, we watch as she creates arrangements and conducts the orchestra recording the soundtrack. "Her creative journey of writing the score becomes part of the story. I have never seen anything like this in a documentary," says director David Donnelly.
   • We meet the artists' families, visit their homes, and view photos from family archives showing us the protagonists as young performers.
   • FORTE co-producer and artist representative Anastasia Boudanoque appears on-screen as a guide in the film, sharing insight into the classical music industry and what it takes to succeed as a female artist.

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FORTE, Documentary, David Donnelly, USA, 2019, 105 minutes.

  • Friday, April 26, 7 PM
Theatre opens at 6:00; seating at 6:30.
THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St, Cincinnati 45202.  Learn more
TICKETS:   Online and (859) 957-3456.
Adult general admission, $12 advance, $16 door.
Student/ArtsPass general admission, $9 advance, $12 door; must show valid ID upon arrival.
Advance sales cut off four hours before show time; thereafter tickets available at the door (unless sold out in advance).
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Ample parking at affordable rates —  1,700+ garage spaces within two blocks ‐ Gramercy Garage (next door, enter via Race, 7th or Elm streets), Garfield Garage (9th St., next to the Phoenix) and Macy's Garage (7th Street). Another 363 surface lot spaces within a couple blocks, plus numerous on-street meters. Other transport options include the Street Car, Metro, Tank, Uber, Red Bike, etc.
ADA ACCESS: We have completely revamped and improved ADA access, with a direct path to wheelchair spaces and companion seats (no outside transit, no ramps, no stairs). Individuals using walkers or wheelchairs should call ahead to let us know your screening date and time, (859) 957-3456.
Across the street from the Garfield, you'll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks. CWC patrons will receive a 15% discount on their order, excluding beverages.
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 Tatiana Berman   Russian-born American violinist, producer and arts entrepreneur.

    "Classical music is an industry with a lot of tradition, but that doesn't mean we have to live and die by those traditions. Everyone, especially women, must have the confidence to create their own definition of success, and design lives that don't force us to choose between personal dreams and professional ones." ~ Tatiana Berman

    From a family of musicians, living in a small town near St. Petersburg Russia, Tatiana started violin at age 5 and went on to study at the St. Petersburg Specialized Music School. At 14, she moved to London to attend the Yehudi Menuhin School and at 16 performed for the Queen and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. The next year she received a scholarship to the Royal College of Music.
    Tatiana launched an international career as a concert violinist, and eventually moved to Cincinnati. She founded Constella Arts and the Constella Festival in 2011, which since then has presented 60 multi-dimensional world premieres featuring digital and visual art, music, film and dance.
    Now the mother of three girls, Tatiana finds time to produce musical content for documentary and educational projects like Maestro and Nordic Pulse. She also she leads outreach efforts like Not So Classical, for primary, middle, high schools and colleges, offering young people a new and compelling approach to classical music.
    Learn more about Tatiana Berman:   The Journey of the Female Soloist,   Constella Arts,   Ted Talk,   Forte on Facebook,   The Huffington Post,  the Vitali Variations,   Constella Festival Videos,  TatianaBerman.com.

Lucía Caruso   Argentinean-born composer and pianist based in New York City

    Lucía received her bachelor's degree in classical piano from the Manhattan School of Music with Donn-Alexandre Feder, and went on to complete her Masters Degree in Composition and film scoring at the New York University in 2010. She has taught piano in New York City from 2006 to the present, from music schools to private lessons. Her first piano student debuted at Carnegie Hall at age seven. Since 2006 she has also worked as an organist and musical director in several churches in New York City and is writing a teaching method for piano using her own compositions. She is currently a member of the piano faculty at the Little Red School House in Manhattan.
    Lucía is the Artistic Director and co-founder with her husband – Portuguese classical guitarist Pedro H. da Silva – of the Manhattan Camerata, an innovative chamber orchestra that performs transclassical music – a term Lucía created and copyrighted to describe a style based on classical music techniques and instruments, incorporating improvisation and elements from different cultures around the world, integrating world instruments –the sitar, the buzuki, the darbuka and the bandoneon – in a variety of styles and genres.
    Caruso and da Silva are also co-owners of Light & Sound Scoring, a New York based film music company. They have recorded for many films including: two scores for Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry ("Be Kind Rewind" and "Interior Design"), as well as recordings with acclaimed film composer Jean-Michel Bernard ("The Science of Sleep," "Human Nature"). Collectively they have scored nine films, including Richard Témtchine's "How to Seduce Difficult Women," and two new scores for silent masterpieces by Georges Mélies for full orchestra and choir.
    They also composed a full album of chamber and orchestral pieces which was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studio 1 with the London Metropolitan Orchestra. They are composers in residence with the Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Their compositions have been performed in over a dozen countries across four continents and they have performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. and the London Symphony Orchestra.
    Naxos Records nominated The Manhattan Camerata's latest album, Tango Fado Project, for the Official Grammy 2017 Selection. Their nominated categories included "Best New Artist," "Producer of the Year," "Best World Music Album," "Best Engineered Album," and four songs were nominated for "Best Composition/Arrangement." The ensemble most recently won Best Instrumental Performance at the prestigious 2017 Portuguese International Music Awards.
    In addition to being one of the three central characters in FORTE, Lucía was commissioned to compose the music for the film, so the documentary will show the creation process, the recording session and the result of the music.
    Learn more about Lucía Caruso:   Lucía's website,   Women of today making history in music,   Manhattan Camerata,   Lucía's Reel,   Light & Sound Film Scoring.

Eldbjørg Hemsing   Norwegian violinist

     About Ms. Hemsing, famed Israeli-American violinist Pinchas Zukerman writes, "Such a beautiful sound! Eldbjørg is an excellent player with really excellent musical instincts!"
    She is regarded as one of Norway's most promising young artists, captivating audiences and critics alike with her charismatic performances. Despite her relative youth she has established herself as one of the foremost young Scandinavian instrumentalists. Born in Valdres, Norway, in 1990, Eldbjørg started playing the violin at the age of five and studied at the prestigious Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. A champion of Norway's rich musical tradition, she has been a household name in her native country since childhood and made her solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic at the age of 11.
    After winning various international competitions and prizes at the age of 18, she received a flood of invitations to perform but decided instead to travel to Vienna for further intensive studies with Boris Kuschnir, during which time she fine-tuned her performance-style and absorbed a wide-range of repertoire ranging from Bach, Beethoven, Bartok to Tan Dun. Together with Tan Dun she has collaborated on numerous projects in both Europe and Asia and has most recently premiered composer's new violin concerto "Fire Ritual – A Musical Ritual for Victims of Wars", together with the Oslo Philharmonic.
    Hemsing has a great interest in chamber music and has played recitals in Norway, Sweden, Germany and Ukraine. She is a frequent guest at international festivals and in recent years she has appeared at the Verbier Festival, AlpenKlassik in Germany, International Chamber Music Festivals in Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen, Bellerive Festival, Bad Kissingen Festival, and Hindgavl.
    In 2010, Eldbjørg and Ragnhild filmed the documentary "The sound of Ole Bull" for the Norwegian National Broadcast network. In the film the sisters premiered a newly written piece dedicated to them by Lasse Thoresen with Leif Ove Andsnes. The documentary won the Silverprize at Circom Festival, European Championship for television programs 2011 and a Golden Rose at the Rose d'Or Festival in Luzerne in 2012. Also in 2012 Eldbjørg was invited to perform at the Nobel Peace Price Ceremony in Oslo.
    Together with her sister Ragnhild, also a violinist, she works in a duo partnership. They were invited to play at the Nordic Cool 2013 Festival in Washington DC. At the Bergen International Festival 2013 they premiered Lasse Thoresen's new Double Concerto for two Violins, a piece he dedicated to the sisters, together with the Trondheim Soloists.
    Engagements in the current season include her début with the China National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filharmónica Portuguesa and Orchestra de Valéncia, as well as her re-engagements with the Oslo Philharmonic, Shenzhen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Szczecin Philharmonic. She is also making her recital début at the Lincoln Center in New York, Abu Dhabi Classics, recital tour in Europe and Asia with Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski and Julien Quentin. As part of her 2018 Artist in Residency at the Stormen Concert Hall in Bdo (Norway), she returned for a series recitals and performances with the Arctic Philharmonic.
    In addition to a busy performance schedule, Eldbjørg is actively involved in societal projects closely aligned with her values. In response to the outbreak of the refugee crisis, she became an ambassador for the German music education project CJD Panorama, a music program aimed at assisting children from minority backgrounds in social integration. In January 2018 she appeared as a speaker at the launch of W20 – Women in Global Heath in Berlin, emphasizing the role of music in public health. Eldbjørg has also been a keynote speaker at the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit 2018 and Arts & Audience 2017 "Young Audiences" conference.
    Learn more about Eldbjørg Hemsing:   Videos,   Travels & Concerts on Facebook,   Hemsing website,   The Hemsing Festival,   Video of Eldbjørg and Ragnhild in performance.

David Donnelly   American filmmaker, writer and artist; writer and director, FORTE.

    Early ambitions of becoming a doctor inspired Donnelly to leave Northern Kentucky and continue his education at Washington University in St. Louis, where he developed a passion for film. The day after graduating college Donnelly moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. In his mid-twenties Donnelly began directing commercials and educational films, releasing his first short film series, "Think About It," in 2008.
    In 2010, the Miami based Consequences Foundation commissioned Donnelly to write and direct a short film that tackles South Florida's juvenile crime epidemic. The film, which features an inspirational message from the rapper Ludacris and convicted felons, is now screened to Miami area juveniles after their arrest, in hopes of inspiring them to stay out of jail.
    In late 2015, Donnelly released his first feature length documentary, "Maestro" in which the filmmakers followed several Grammy award-winning musicians across the globe. Four years in the making, it is a comprehensive portrait of contemporary classical music. Made with the intent of exposing a broader audience to the classical genre, the film has been translated into ten languages and is airing on international networks spanning five continents and is utilized as a much-needed resource for music educators. Donnelly is also the author of the viral Huffington Post essay "Why Failing Orchestras are the Problem of Every American."
    While filming Maestro, Donnelly founded Culture Monster, a multi-media company dedicated to making the arts more accessible and competitive in a free market economy. Since then, Donnelly has collaborated with some of the world's most accomplished musicians and directed the first music video ("High Done No Why To") for the Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. His music video "Vitali Variations," featuring renowned violinist Tatiana Berman, was aired in twenty-six countries. Donnelly is the creator of the groundbreaking concert series "Not So Classical," which revolutionizes the genre through a hybrid film/concert experience.
    As well as writing and directing, David spends time pursuing his passions of painting and public speaking, always focusing on projects with social and cultural significance. His conceptual art has been regularly featured at the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Art and has been acquired by collectors across the world. As a guest speaker, Donnelly visits institutions such as the Curtis Institute of Music and Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Additionally, he is currently completing his first play as well as a book of vignettes and poetry.
    Learn more about David Donnelly:   Culture Monster,   NPR Article,   Interview, WABE Atlanta,   Forte website,   the Vitali Variations,   Not So Classical,  Maestro website.

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