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One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades. From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer, the evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following a cancer diagnosis, his haunting awareness of life crises leads to a resounding new masterpiece.

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Classical 91.5 presents...On the Town, Saturday September 29th at 3pm at The Little Theatre. Tickets available now.

An expert in Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia says there are a number of misconceptions about the conditions, and he wants families to understand that people can live well with those diagnoses. One method proven to be effective in engaging people with dementia is personalized music. It's the subject of a remarkable documentary called "Alive Inside," part of the Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series

The film follows a social worker who brings iPods to people living with dementia at nursing homes; once many of the patients hear music from their past, it sparks memories in ways human interaction could not. We'll discuss the role music has in opening pathways in the brain, and the latest in Alzheimer's and dementia research with our guests: 

  • Dr. Al Power, M.D., Schlegel Chair in aging and dementia innovation at the Schlegel--U. Waterloo Research Institute for Aging
  • Brian LeBlanc, Alzheimer's advocate who is living well with Alzheimer's disease
  • Robin Lombardo, northeast regional director for Music & Memory

On Thursday, May 24, we're inviting the community to come celebrate The Little Theatre's past, and invest in its future! The Little's historic theater 1 will be under restoration May 29 to October 1, 2018, but before the renovation, we're gathering our members, friends, and neighbors for a night of pure Little joy. 

Miss your chance to see SCORE: A Film Music Documentary? After this weekend's sold-out screening, we've added two more chances to see it at The Little Theatre

Sunday February 18th  at noon and Monday February 19th at 6pm. 

Tickets are now available online and through  The Little Theatre box office.

Bernard Herrmann: The Man Who Wrote So Much

Jan 25, 2018

He captured love, loss, and all the things that go bump in the night. But who is the man behind the music of America’s favorite classic films?

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Classical 91.5 presents...Immortal Beloved on Saturday December 1st at 3pm at The Little Theatre.

Immortal Beloved stars Gary Oldman as Ludwig van Beethoven. The story follows Beethoven's secretary and first biographer Anton Schindler (Jeroen Krabbé) as he attempts to ascertain the true identity of the Unsterbliche Geliebte (Immortal Beloved) addressed in three letters found in the late composer's private papers.

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

Classical 91.5 presents...SCORE, a look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them, on Saturday February 3rd at 3pm at The Little Theatre

This documentary brings Hollywood's premier composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world's most widely known music genre: the film score.

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

Classical 91.5 presents...Breaking Away, on Saturday April 7th at 3pm at The Little Theatre. There will live music by the Empire Film Music Ensemble in The Little Cafe starting at 2pm, and a discussion after the movie.  Tickets are now available from The Little.

In 1872, women didn’t have the right to vote in America, but that didn’t stop one from running for president: Victoria Woodhull.

She was a complicated, fascinating figure from American history – but not as well know these days as  other women’s rights activists of the late 19th century.  Her run for president in 1872 was just the tip of the iceberg. She was a clairvoyant, newspaper publisher, jailbird, stockbroker and proponent of free love. Despite her courage and persistence, Woodhull was viciously attacked by the conservative society in which she lived, a movement which was spear-headed by the powerful and influential preacher Henry Ward Beecher. Woodhull spent Election Day in prison, jailed for revealing Beecher’s secret life, a sex scandal that ignited the public and the press.

Victoria Woodhull is the subject of an opera – Mrs. Presidentwritten by composer Victoria Bond and librettist Hilary Bell. 

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