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Film on Michael Hersch, 'The Sudden Pianist,' gets showing at Peabody Library

Nothing more obnoxious than a writer who quotes himself, but here I go: "Michael Hersch writes music of astounding, even thrilling, complexity; music that can be hard to grasp, yet impossible to let go of; and music of stark, unsettling, seemingly implausible beauty."

You can get a taste of what I mean from "The Sudden Pianist," a fascinating documentary about Hersch by Baltimore filmmaker Richard Anderson that has been generating buzz -- it's a official selection of the NYC Independent Film Festival and the American Documentary Film Festival. (My humble little quote is used as a blurb on the DVD edition of the film, which is why I felt I could get away with dragging it up here.)

"The Sudden Pianist" will be given a free screening at 6 p.m. today at the George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. A Q&A with Hersch and Anderson will follow, along with a reception.

By the way, inspired by the positive reaction to the 30-minute documentary, Anderson is planning a larger film about Hersch.





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