Music Makes a City
The Film Society of Lincoln Center (70 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan)
7pm (also 4pm screening without Q&A)
Beginning in the 1940s, the Louisville Orchestra set out to commission original music written by composers from around the world. The result was an unmatched contribution to the spirit of contemporary music. Using hundreds of archival photos and footage, stunningly filmed scenery of Louisville and the Ohio River, and music selections from the orchestra’s commissions, Music Makes A City poetically illustrates this challenging and inspiring journey. Interviews with surviving composers, musicians, and Louisvillians who experienced the orchestra first-hand, weave the ground-breaking tale that resulted in over 120 original commissioned works and 400 world premiers, making Louisville, Kentucky and its enterprising citizens the catalyst for a defining moment in the history of 20th-century music.