A new play that brings to life the story of legendary conductor and activist Arturo Toscanini, who made headlines around the world when he refused to perform in Italy and Germany as a stand against fascism.
From the producers: "Maestro" brings to life the story of legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini and his brave opposition to Fascism. His refusal to perform in Italy and Germany, and his trips to Palestine to conduct an orchestra made up of Jewish refugees made headlines around the world. Drawing on his passionate letters to his lover, the young Italian pianist Ada Mainardi, along with music by his contemporaries, this moving theatrical experience shows us that even during one of the darkest chapters in human history, an artist’s voice can be heard.
Author Eve Wolf is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC), as well as a playwright. Her recent credits include "Van Gogh’s Ear," "Anna Akhmatova: The Heart Is Not Made of Stone," and "Jules Verne: From the Earth to The Moon."
John Noble ("The Lord of the Rings," TV's "Fringe"), stars as Toscanini in the Ensemble for the Romantic Century production. The production also features Mari Lee and Henry Wang on violins, Matthew Cohen on viola, Ari Evan on cello, Zhenni Li on piano, and Maximilian Morel on trumpet. ERC Director of Theatrical Production, Donald T. Sanders directs.