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Song of Names at The Little Theatre

The new film "Song of Names" is a historical drama involving a musician who disappears

The Song of Names is a new movie directed by François Girard (The Red Violin) about music, friendship, and memory with a mystery at its heart. This film, based on a novel by music critic Norman Lebrecht, stars Tim Roth and Clive Owen.

The Song of Names will come to Rochester starting February 7th at The Little Theatre.

The Song of Names is the story of two boys brought together on the eve of World War II. Martin is the son of successful musical talent agent Mortimer Simmonds. Dovidl is a nine-year-old violinist of extraordinary promise from Warsaw who arrives at Martin’s house to study with the celebrated Carl Flesch. 

On the eve of his long-awaited international debut, after being hyped by Mortimer Simmonds as the new Fritz Kreisler, Dovidl disappears. The family business is destroyed and Martin spends the next forty years searching for the missing part of himself, unable to come to terms with his feelings of abandonment and betrayal.

Then, at a provincial music competition, he hears a young boy play as only Dovidl could have. How did he learn that technique? The revelation sets him on the trail to an astounding act of self-discovery and renewal. Martin finally finds his lost friend, changed in ways that he could never have imagined.

Mona Seghatoleslami is the host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.