Aberfoyle Baroque teams with the Washington Jewish Film Festival to co-present this absorbing documentary about renowned Czech harpsichordist, Zuzana Ruzickova, now 90. Aberfoyle Baroque followers can use Promo Code ABZU10 to purchase discounted tickets at www.WJFF.org. View the film premier on the WJFF website.
Made by award winning Getzels Gordon Productions, this film relates Zuzana’s life story as told by her. It ‘s a story of personal triumph over enormous adversity & of the extraordinary power music – particularly Bach’s music – has played in her life. Born Jewish in Czechoslovakia in 1927, Zuzana showed exceptional musical talent from a young age. Her plans to study in Paris with Wanda Landowska were brutally interrupted with the Nazi invasion of Czeckoslovakia in 1938. Zuzana ended up spending her teenage years in three concentration camps, surviving Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen & hard labor. After her liberation she determined to pursue her dream of a musical career despite compromised health & hands damaged by the hard labor. In 1956 she won the ARD International Music Competition receiving a scholarship to study in Paris. Yet, she remained a citizen of Czechoslovakia where her life & musical ambitions were subject to the whims & controls of the Communist government. Zuzana, with her composer husband, Viktor Kalabis, navigated the oppression & constraints of the Communist regime to build an international career & raise Prague’s profile as a city of music. Zuzana’s deep love of J.S. Bach’s music is palpable in her interpretations & recordings of his music. She was the first to record Bach’s entire works for the keyboard & this year Warner Music re-issued them as a re-mastered 20-CD box set. Her pupil, Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, curated the re-issued recordings.
Aberfoyle Baroque encourages all harpsichord lovers to attend a WJFF screening of this wonderful 83 minute film showing:
- Sunday, May 21 at 6:20pm at Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD; and
- Tuesday, May 23 at 6:15pm at E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, Washington DC.
Film-makers Harriet Gordon Getzels & Peter Getzels will join a Q&A following both screenings.