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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 Julia Figueras, Brenda Tremblay and Mona Seghatoleslami, 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.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda at The Little 9/11 & 9/15


One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades. From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer, the evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following a cancer diagnosis, his haunting awareness of life crises leads to a resounding new masterpiece.

The film RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man. It will be shown as part of One Take documentary series at The Little Theatre on Tuesday September 11th at 7pm (followed Skype Q&A with director Stephen Nomura Schible) and Saturday September 15th at 3pm - followed by a discussion hosted by Mona Seghatoleslami, with musicologist Brooke McCorkle (Assistant Professor, Music History & Literature at The University of Vermont,  who specializes in opera of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, film music, and the music of modern Japan.) and Tom Schneller (a film music scholar and lecturer in music history and theory at Ithaca College, where he teaches music history, analysis, and orchestration. His research focuses on American film music, in particular the work of Bernard Herrmann and John Williams.)