“Together,” premiering in Geneva at the Smith Opera House on Thursday, Sept. 11, is a coming-of-age tale woven together with the harmony and intensity of a complex musical orchestration.
Xiaochun is a 13-year-old violin prodigy who lives with his father, Liu Cheng, in a provincial Chinese city. Shy and sensitive, Xiaochun doesn’t say much – music is his way of expressing his feelings – but his entire life changes when his father, wanting the best for him, takes him to live in immense Beijing. Liu Cheng is willing to sacrifice everything so Xiaochun can audition for a prestigious music school and take lessons that befit his talent.
In this exciting new world, Xiaochun studies with demanding teachers and is introduced to the cutthroat world of professional music. Through the people he meets – and seeing the consequences they’ve had to face – he also learns how painful life’s choices can be. Liu Cheng wants Xiaochun to grow up as a world-class violinist and live the successful life he himself couldn’t dream of, but as his training intensifies, Xiaochun has to figure out what he wants for himself – and how much he’s willing to give up for it. Ultimately, Xiaochun realizes how he truly feels about music and comes to understand the strength of his father’s love.
“Together” won three Golden Roosters in its native country, China’s equivalent of the Academy Awards®. Chen Kaige was awarded Best Director, Zhou Ying won Best Editing, and Wang Zhiwen received Best Supporting Actor for his role as Professor Jiang.
The Smith screens “Together” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11, 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements, “Together” has a running time of one hour, 56 minutes. It is in Mandarin with subtitles. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats on Thursday are $3.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.