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Movie Night for Grown Ups -- Seymour, An Introduction

Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

"Seymour: An Introduction," is an inspiring new documentary by the actor Ethan Hawke, with a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of 100%.  It's a loving portrait of his friend and mentor Seymour Bernstein, an acclaimed classical pianist who quit a successful concert career at the age of 50 to become a piano teacher. He's a quintessential New Yorker who embodies the wisdom of age. Bernstein was well into his 80's when they shot the film, a puckish man with an unabashed love of music. Hawke interlaces footage of his subject at work with scenes in which Bernstein, a gifted raconteur, tells the story of his artistic life - how he came from a non-musical Newark family, how as a small boy, he heard Schubert's "Serenade" and wept, how at 6, he begged for a piano.  By 15, he was teaching, and before long, he was on the concert trail. He played big halls, won admiring reviews and even had a patron. Although he would appear to have had it made, he always hated the commercial side of things and was tormented by a profound anxiety at public performance. And so he just stopped. 

This movie is being shown because it was requested by several neighbors who used the feedback forms handed out at events during the last year.  Please arrive at 7:30 p.m. for conversation, savory snacks, and wine.  The movie will begin at 7:50 p.m. and has a screening time of 81 transporting minutes.   Don’t forget to RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org or call: 301-654-7144.

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Movie Night for Grown Ups -- Seymour, An Introduction
Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

"Seymour: An Introduction," is an inspiring new documentary by the actor Ethan Hawke, with a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of 100%. It's a loving portrait of his friend and mentor Seymour Bernstein, an acclaimed classical pianist who quit a successful concert career at the age of 50 to become a piano teacher. He's a quintessential New Yorker who embodies the wisdom of age. Bernstein was well into his 80's when they shot the film, a puckish man with an unabashed love of music. Hawke interlaces footage of his subject at work with scenes in which Bernstein, a gifted raconteur, tells the story of his artistic life - how he came from a non-musical Newark family, how as a small boy, he heard Schubert's "Serenade" and wept, how at 6, he begged for a piano. By 15, he was teaching, and before long, he was on the concert trail. He played big halls, won admiring reviews and even had a patron. Although he would appear to have had it made, he always hated the commercial side of things and was tormented by a profound anxiety at public performance. And so he just stopped.

This movie is being shown because it was requested by several neighbors who used the feedback forms handed out at events during the last year. Please arrive at 7:30 p.m. for conversation, savory snacks, and wine. The movie will begin at 7:50 p.m. and has a screening time of 81 transporting minutes. Don’t forget to RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org or call: 301-654-7144.

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Movie Night for Grown Ups -- Seymour: An Introduction; Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall; RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org or 301-654-7144