June 21, 2018

Friends of the Film Festival Enjoy Evening with Pianist Kim Kluge



Friends of the Film Festival Enjoy Evening with Pianist Kim Kluge

Pianists Kim Kluge (R) and his wife, Kathryn, performed at Tuscali on June 6 for Friends of the Topanga Film Festival.

Friends of the Topanga Film Festival attended their first of several special events leading up to the four-day festival that runs July 19-22.

Bruce Royer, Executive Producer of the festival, hosted the event, entitled “Music that Changed the World…and Influenced Cinema,” at the Tuscali Mountain Inn on Friday, June 6.

Festival founder Urs Bauer welcomed and thanked everyone, saying, “I’m extremely happy to be here for 10 years—really 11 but we missed a year. It has been a community effort from the beginning. My girls grew up with it.”

Royer then introduced Maestro Kim Allen Kluge, acclaimed conductor, composer and pianist, who explained, “This piano and I are still getting to know one another. Every piano has its own personality,” before diving into a dramatic rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables.

Calling his wife, Kathryn, forward, they played a four-handed version of Debussy’s “La Petite Suite,” after which she retired to attend to their baby who was sleeping in the bedrom.

Kluge followed with “Rhapsody for Lily,” a song they wrote together after their daughter, Lily, was born.

Rounding out the program, interspersed with charming, often humorous patter and musical facts, Kluge performed Liszt’s “Un Sospiro,”(“He and Paganini were the first rock stars”); Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue;”and Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”

Of Debussy’s “Claire de Lune,” he said, “He did for music what the impressionists did for the visual arts. The entire piece is mysterious and elusive.”

Kluge will be conducting a panel of composers during the festival: “Musicians Who Want To Change The World Through Cinema.”

For a $250 donation, 50 percent of which is deductible, Friends of the Festival receive passes to everything at the Festival plus special events leading up to and during the event.

For more information about the Festival: topangafilminstitute.com.

To learn more about Kim and Kathryn Kluge: Moonvalleyranchmusic.com.