Meet-the-artists breakfast reception & feature film honoring pioneer female conductor and Denver Philharmonic founder Antonia Brico
As part of the 42nd Annual Denver Film Festival, join Director Maria Peters, Producer Dave Schram, Lead Actress Christanne de Bruijn, Composer Quinten Schram and members of the Denver Philharmonic for a breakfast reception followed by a screening of the Antonia Brico biopic, The Conductor, on November 2.
Breakfast Reception (9:30–10:30am)
Complimentary breakfast treats and brunch cocktails available for purchase. Meet and mingle with the director, producer, lead actress and composer of the film, as well as members of the Denver Philharmonic.
Screening of The Conductor (10:30am–1:00pm)
At 24 years old, Antonia Brico, a Dutch immigrant to the United States, dreams of becoming a conductor, but nobody here takes her ambition seriously; even her piano teacher advises her against taking the entrance exam for the conservatory. So she goes back to the motherland, where she begs famous conductor Willem Mengelberg for lessons. Uncomfortable with the idea, Mengelberg instead sends her to Berlin. It’s a circuitous route to success—but it works: It’s there that she becomes the first woman ever to conduct a professional symphony orchestra. Unfortunately her struggles don’t end with the momentous achievement, as personal and professional pressures alike take their toll, threatening to overwhelm her.