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MIRACLE IN A BOX / a piano reborn
Running Time: 57 minutes
Cast: Narrator: John Lithgow
Director: John Korty
Description: [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society] - John Korty In Person
MIRACLE IN A BOX / a piano reborn is about what one person gave away, what another person won and how a small group of artisans made something old new again. More than just about piano restoration, the documentary also provides a good look at some alternative ways to improve the American workplace, the quality of its products and the personal rewards to its workers.
MIRACLE IN A BOX is an inspiring film about the coming together of three events—the bequest of a grand piano, the student competition to win it and the months and months of work required to make it sing again. The First Berkeley Piano Competition provides most of the music in the film with six talented finalists playing several classical selections. But jazz and blues blossom as well while Callahan Piano artisans take apart and rebuild the instrument before our eyes, hewing to standards as precise as a tenth of a gram. The close relationships and easy humor of the workshop accompany the highly professional techniques and tools. The winner of the competition, Jared Redmond, finally makes his debut on what is now his 1927 Steinway grand at the party given in the workshop as a finale. The celebration is not only about talent, but also about the dedication of crafts-people who give good performers a means to play better than they had imagined to be possible.
Appearing on screen are Garrick Ohlsson, touring concert pianist, Jake Heggie, opera composer, Tammy Hall, jazz artist, Frederick Hodges, music stylist, Jerry Kuderna, Bay Area modernist and Steve Willis, blues and boogie songwriter and performer.
The narration is spoken by the distinguished actor, John Lithgow and the film-maker is Oscar-winning documentarian, John Korty.
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