Divine Hand Ensemble Announces Premier of "21st Century Classical Music" Documentary
Since 2010, local chamber ensemble The Divine Hand Ensemble have been demonstrating that classical music can still captivate audiences in these modern technological times. Formed and led by accomplished theremin pioneer Mano Divina, the Divine Hand Ensemble have the distinction of being the only group in the world who perform serious classical work in which the theremin plays the role of lead singer. They have performed for the Royal Family of Serbia at the Serbian Embassy, Mayor Michael Nutter and the Drug Information Association at the Philadelphia Convention Center, and just recently performed for a sold out house at the Trocadero.
21st Century Classical Music is a document of the first year of this one-of-a-kind chamber ensemble's existence, filmed entirely in Philadelphia. Director Sergio Valentino was granted full access to the group's activities throughout 2010 with the result being a film filled with interviews, rehearsal footage, press junkets, a history of the theremin and plenty of live performance footage that includes everything from classical pieces to funerary music to covers of classic horror and sci-fi theme songs. A quick catch-me-up for the uninitiated and a behind-the-scenes joy for the converted, 21st Century Classical Music is an enjoyable portrait of one of Philadelphia's most valuable musical outfits.
The film will be followed by a live performance from the DHE that will feature new material as well as current fan favorites. Tuesday Tune-Out is PhilaMOCA's weekly series of local music/film that is programmed by a different guest curator every month. The Cinedelphia Film Festival are proud to join the impressive list of past curators who have made this series such a popular success. Advance tix are $10, no refunds or exchanges.
The Cinedelphia Film Festival is a Philly-centric celebration of Philly film running from April 4-27, 2013.