This is a site archive. Go to The Current MIF.

Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012 - Miloš Forman

Home » Events » Events at NGA and AFI
Events at NGA and AFI

Events at NGA and AFI

September 30, 2012, 6:30 PM

The National Gallery of Art and the AFI Silver Theater present three enriching programs on September 30, as part of the festival. Please be sure to scroll down to view all events, listed in order by time.

AFI SHOWCASE: Man on the Moon

On September 30, at 11 am, the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center will screen Man on the Moon, a biographical film of eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey). The film traces Kaufman's steps from childhood to comedy clubs and television appearances, including his time on Saturday Night Live, among others. (DIR. Miloš Forman, 1999, 118 min., English)

Event Details:
Location: AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Tickets can be purchased at AFI’s box office or online at

On September 30, at 4 pm, the National Gallery of Art will screen Amadeus, heralded as one of director Milos Forman's most triumphant films, garnering eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. The screening of this world-class masterpiece with take place in the East Building Auditorium.

Sweeping nearly all major categories in the 1984 Oscars, Forman's adaptation of Peter Shaffer's drama about a brash Mozart and his beleaguered rival Salieri was not without its detractors. Pauline Kael wrote, "The insensitivity to what Mozart might have been like is so flagrant that for the first hour you almost think it's a joke." Returning to Prague for the filming, Miroslav Ondříček’s cinematography captured opulent baroque spaces, while Forman played these period settings as counterpoint to his eccentric characterizations, curiously validating the whole effect. The director’s cut of the film is loaned through the courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Saul Zaentz. (DIR. Miloš Forman, 1984, 180 minutes, English)

Event Details:
Location: National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Admission is free. | No reservations are required.

Concert: Mozart and Salieri and Mozart's Requiem
Pre-concert lecture: Mozart in Prague

On September 30, at 6:30 pm, the Catholic University of America's Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, under the direction of conductor Murry Sidlin, will present Rimsky-Korsakov's one act opera Mozart and Salieri and Mozart's Requiem in the National Gallery’s West Building, West Garden Court. Please note, the pre-concert lecture Mozart in Prague by Stephen Ackert, head of the Gallery's music department begins at 6 pm.

Soloists for Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri include Matthew Smith (tenor) and Eugene Galvin (bass-baritone).

Soloists for Mozart's Requiem  include Arianna Zukerman (soprano), Anamer Castrello (mezzo soprano), Issachah Savage (tenor), and Eugene Galvin (bass-baritone).

Mutual Inspirations:
The Mutual Inspirations Festival highlights the unique artistic relationship between the United States and the Czech Republic.  We are delighted that the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music has been featured in a prominent role in this artistic series for these two years.  We are particularly proud to present Mozart’s Requiem, given the piece’s power and acclaim to audiences.  We are honored that our students and faculty have such a wonderful opportunity.  The centrality of the Requiem to Miloš Forman’s brilliant film Amadeus makes this performance at the National Gallery such a fitting highlight for the festival.~ Grayson Wagstaff, Dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America

The Mozart Requiem was "reborn" when Miloš Forman brought Amadeus to life on the screen. This concert explores the entire Requiem by Mozart, it's power and beauty, and soulful spirituality as a culmination of Mozart's life, and the one-act opera by Rimsky-Korsakov which is mutually inspired by the Requiem. Rimsky and Pushkin laugh at and debunk the myth of Salieri as murderer. It is a joy to bring these compositions to life in the context of the celebration of Forman's genius in service to Moazart's genius: therefore, mutual inspirations.~Murry Sidlin, conductor, the Catholic University of America Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

Event Details:
Location: National Gallery of Art
West Building West Garden Court
6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Concerts at the National Gallery are open to the public, free of charge. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis, beginning 30 minutes before each concert. The entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW remains open on Sunday until 6:30 pm. Families with small children may be asked to sit in designated areas. Please note that late entry or reentry of the West Building after 6:30 pm. is not permitted. For further information, call (202) 842-6941.

Photo courtesy of Jaromír Komárek

September 2012
October 2012
November 2012

© 2011-2019 Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC