Public Screening of Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way

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The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and WNIT Center for Public Media will present a public screening of the Emmy Award winning documentary Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 1.  The screening, held in the Campus Auditorium of Northside Hall, will include a brief presentation honoring those who worked on that project. 

The WNIT Documentary Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way featuring the life of Alexander Toradze won two regional Emmy awards last fall.  The Midwest region ceremony was hosted by actress Kim Cole in Chicago on November 6, 2010.  Emmy recipients include WNIT, Linda Schaller, producer; Angel Hernandez Jr., executive producer; and Alexander Toradze, co-producer for Outstanding Achievement for Entertainment Programming.  Tim Schaller also earned an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Editing (non-news).

The story of “Lexo,” as Toradze is known to friends and colleagues begins in Tbilisi, Georgia of the former Soviet Union.  Listening to the Jazz Hour on the forbidden broadcast of Voice of America was a source of early inspiration to this child prodigy.  Six years after winning the silver medal at the Van Cliburn competition, Toradze defected to the United States, resulting in the disappearance of his composer father and the end of his mother’s movie career.  Today his powerful, exuberant “kick the notes” style inspires classical concertgoers in ways few performers can match.  Toradze brings the same passion to the elite students under his tutelage. 

Tickets for this special presentation and screening of Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way are available through the Arts Box Office.  Admission is free, however tickets are required.  For more information visit or call 574.520.4203.

Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way
7:30 pm Tuesday, March 1
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
1855 Northside Boulevard, South Bend IN 46615
Free Admission, Tickets Required