7 to 9 pm ET
João Carlos Martins. (Image: José de Holanda)
Film Screening: João, o Maestro
Music of the Americas will screen the film about the famed Brazilian pianist João Carlos Martins.
This screening of João, o Maestro, a biographical feature film, will be followed by a Q&A with João Carlos Martins, moderated by Larry Rother.
Born in 1940, Martins was a child with serious health problems. Because of this, he had a reclusive childhood. But one day, the piano came into his life and in a few years he turned into one of the biggest promises of the world classical music. The New York Times considered him "one of the most important pianists in the world." After making his Carnegie Hall debut sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1962, Martins appeared with major orchestras, played Bach recitals worldwide, and made recordings. The Boston Globe characterized him as "The most exciting player of Bach on the modern piano to emerge since Glenn Gould." Unfortunately, Martins lost his ability to play because of a series of tragic accidents, neurological episodes, focal dystonia for musicians, and a brutal mugging, and he has endured 25 surgeries. Since the early 2000s, he has focused on conducting, founding the Bachiana Chamber Orchestra and the Bachiana Youth Orchestra, which started with about 45 teenagers, some of whom were from the poorest neighborhoods around São Paulo. Today his 90-member Orquestra Bachiana Filarmônica SESI-SP performs over 2,000 concerts worldwide and in Brazil and this project involves 750 associated community Brazilian orchestras.
Martins is back in New York to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of his Carnegie debut. On November 19, he will lead NOVUS NY in a program focusing on the music of Bach, the pioneering 20th century Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos, and André Mehmari, one of the most sought-after composers in Brazil.
This film will be presented in Portuguese with English subtitles. Any Portuguese dialogue during the Q&A will also be translated into English.
William Lawrence Rohter, Jr., known as Larry Rohter, is an American journalist who was a South American bureau chief for The New York Times from 1999 to 2007. Previously, he was Caribbean and Latin American correspondent of the Times from 1994 to 1999. He now writes about cultural topics.
The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation.
The Spring 2023 Music program is also supported, in part, by by the Howard Gilman Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Additional support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ ArtsForward program, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New Music USA’s Organizational Development Fund in 2022-23, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The Amphion Foundation, Inc.