Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents the online East Coast premiere of the film The Bowmakers October 1-4

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce that it will host the online East Coast premiere of filmmaker Ward Serrill’s feature-length documentary, The Bowmakers, October 1-4, 2020. The Bowmakers explores the world of the bow and the extraordinary masters who make them. A live, online Q&A with the filmmaker and special guests will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 7 pm.

Presenting sponsors are The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, and the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Additional sponsorship comes from NBT Bank.

Tickets are on sale now through hartfordsymphony.org. Buy your tickets now and save $5! Advance tickets may be purchased for $30 per household, and $35 per household after September 30. The film will be available to view from the comfort of your own home at the time of your choice between October 1-4. You will be sent a link to view the film when you purchase your ticket.

On Saturday, October 3 at 7 pm, join HSO Concertmaster Lenny Sigal for a free, live, online Q&A with filmmaker Ward Serrill.  The discussion will be moderated by HSO Associate Concertmaster Lisa Rautenberg, and will include bowmaker Robert Morrow, HSO guest artist Gareth Johnson, and violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, founding member of the Dover Quartet, who is featured in the film.   Advance registration is required to attend the Q&A and discussion. Register here.

To create a special evening, make it a dinner and a movie! To help our downtown restaurant partners, the HSO encourages all to enjoy a special prix fixe “Bowmakers” special dinner created by our partners, Sorella and Salute. Meals are available for pickup only and can be ordered by phone the night of your viewing by contacting the restaurants directly.

 About The Bowmakers

The story of the most important instrument you’ve never heard of.

The Bowmakers explores the world of the bow and the extraordinary masters who make them.

The bow is the Cinderella of the orchestra—the overworked and overshadowed ally to its more glamorous partners. Few people, even among lovers of classical music, think of the bow as an instrument in its own right, but players of stringed instruments see them differently. To musicians, the bow is as essential to expressing the soul of the music as the violin or cello.

The film follows the journey of the “silent servant” of the music world—from the workshops of the virtuosos of the trade, to the birthplace of the bow in France, and to Brazil, home to the imperiled tree from which the world’s finest bows are made.

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