On Thursday, December 3, WQXR and WNYC's The Greene Space are partnering with with Music Unites to host the New York premiere of Twin Spirits, a poetic meditation on the passionate relationship between Robert Schumann and his wife Clara Wieck. Following the film, WQXR's Elliott Forrest will host a conversation with the film's leading couple, Sting and Trudie Styler.
In addition to the live studio audence, listeners will be able to watch the film in the player below beginning at 6:30PM. After the live stream of the film screening concludes, listeners should stayed tuned in to the player to hear the audio stream of the post-film discussion.
The evening is being held as a benefit for the New York-based music education charity, Music Unites, and the Royal Opera House Education programs.
Released this fall on DVD and Blu-Ray disc on Opus Arte, Twin Spirits tells the story of the passionate romance and subsequent marriage between composer Robert Schumann and pianist and composer Clara Wieck. Twin Spirits brings together nine diverse performers of the highest caliber: Sting joins his wife, actress, producer and philanthropist Trudie Styler to read from the letters between Robert and Clara. Their story, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi, is illustrated and interwoven with music composed by Robert--whose spirit is embodied by pianist Iain Burnside, baritone Simon Keenlyside and violinist Sergej Krylov--and by Clara, who is evoked by pianist Natasha Paremski, soprano Rebecca Evans, and cellist Natalie Clein. BBC Music Magazine called this a "beautifully constructed" production. It is a subtle and moving fusion of recital and drama, and was devised by the stage director and writer John Caird.