On April 12 and 13, the Mobile Symphony Orchestra will stage its Russian Festival concert and the featured performer will be blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. Mobilians will get a chance to indulge in his growing legend before he arrives.
The acclaimed documentary “A Surprise in Texas,” tells the story of the Tokyo native and his participation in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. His passage across an ocean and through what many might consider a physical obstacle to the world’s most prestigious piano competition is spellbinding.
“Nobuyuki is a piano phenomenon,” said Scott Speck, Music Director for the Mobile Symphony. “He stunned the judges, and to see his journey in this beautiful documentary will be a wonderful warm-up to seeing him perform in person.”
In collaboration with MSO, the Fairhope Film Festival and University of South Alabama Baldwin County will show the film April 8 at 7 p.m. in the USABC Performance Center (111 St. James Ave.) in Fairhope. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.
Then, Mobile’s Crescent Theater (208 Dauphin St.) will screen it April 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are also $10 and can be purchased through the Crescent Theater.
For more information about the documentary and tickets, call 251-432-2010.