Art on Screen: Behind the Strings
When Mao’s Cultural Revolution ended, China’s door cracked open. Four young, classical musicians seized the opportunity to flee to the West as classical music was banned. This film explores how the Shanghai Quartet began a lifetime adventure – studying with great masters, attending Juilliard, and performing at major music festivals and best classical music venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center. When the Quartet’s cellist decided to leave, they invited a young American grad student from New York City’s Spanish Harlem. He was a highly praised cellist but also had a New York City “attitude” that the three Chinese musicians had never encountered. Director Hal Rifken will introduce this film.
Showtimes: 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM.
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960