Susan Froemke, Peter Gelb, Pat Jaffe, Albert Maysles, 1992
USA | Format: Digibeta | 78 minutes
Q&A with filmmaker Peter Gelb
Opera star Kathleen Battle and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis unite to
go baroque. Rehearsals and recording sessions bring them together to explore the 17th-century music of Scarlatti, Handel, and Bach. Marsalis worries throughout about his intonation while Battle is endlessly amused and supportive. The film widens its focus by following the two to their hometowns—Battle makes a special appearance with her old church choir in Ohio, and Marsalis travels to New Orleans to coach young jazz musicians and play with his renowned father and brothers. The film’s final performance with Battle, Marsalis, John Nelson, and the accompanying St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra is both quietly lyrical and joyfully triumphant.