Classical 91.5

Classical 91.5 Presents...Florence Foster Jenkins, Aug 27, 2016

Aug 30, 2016

Join WXXI  for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film.

Classical 91.5 Presents...Florence Foster Jenkins, Saturday August 27th at 2:40pm  at The Little Theatre

Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her "husband" and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and a chance to hear recordings of the actual Florence Foster Jenkins in all her glory.  Mona Seghatoleslami, afternoon and evening announcer on WXXI Classical 91.5 will host the discussion with:

* Brooke McCorkle, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, SUNY Geneseo 
* Constance Fee, Director of Vocal Studies & Associate Professor, Roberts Wesleyan College (also frequent panelist for Rochester Oratorio Society’s “Classical Idol” competition)
* Gerry Szymanski, librarian at the Sibley Library, Eastman School of Music

More about Classical 91.5 Presents...

Selected by our Classical music hosts Julia Figueras, Brenda Tremblay and Mona Seghatoleslami, each film chosen exemplifies the power of music in a non-traditional narrative. Tickets are $6.

Find out more information about Classical 91.5 Presents, including upcoming films, on The Little Theatre website.