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Each year WXXI Classical presents a series of films that are related to classical music in some way. Selected by our classical music hosts Brenda Tremblay, Mona Seghatoleslami, and Steve Johnson each film chosen exemplifies the power of music in a non-traditional narrative. Films are often preceded by subject-related live music in The Little Cafe or followed by live panel discussion following the film.

As we recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, WXXI Classical Presents...Like Water for Chocolate (October 1st)

WXXI Classical Presents...Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate), October 1st at 3pm at The Little Theatre, with live music played by classical guitarist Tom Torrisi in The Little Café starting at 2pm.

The movie will be followed by a discussion with Julio Sáenz (member of the WXXI Board of Trustees) and Karla Slack (Director of Alma de Mexico).

Tickets are on sale now.

Based on the popular novel (available here from Ampersand Books at Writers & Books), published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate earned all 11 Ariel awards, including the Ariel Award for Best Picture, and became the highest grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States at the time.

The score was written by Cuban composer, conductor, and classical guitarist Leo Brouwer.

The youngest daughter in her family, the beautiful Tita (Lumi Cavazos) is forbidden to marry her true love, Pedro (Marco Leonardi). Since tradition dictates that Tita must care for her mother, Pedro weds her older sister, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), though he still loves Tita. The situation creates much tension in the family, and Tita’s powerful emotions begin to surface in fantastical ways through her cooking. As the years pass, unusual circumstances test the enduring love of Pedro and Tita.

Special thanks to Community Partners: Rochester Classical Guitar, Ibero-American Action League, and the Rochester Latino Theatre Company.