Since its first concert in 1978, the Soviet Emigre Orchestra was hailed by critics and audiences as one of the best chamber music ensembles in America. This "entertainment-documentary" combines superb performances (including music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich) with an examination of the lives of the orchestra members and their conductor, Lazar Gosman. Director Brown expertly documents the struggles and triumphs of these Soviet Jewish musicians who risked their futures to seek personal and artistic freedom in the United States.
"An unqualified delight." - Vincent Canby, New York Times
A Musical Passage
USA, 1983, 73 minutes, color
Directed by Jim Brown
Public Exhibition 35mm, 16mm Rental available