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IU Cinema to host free preview of ‘Maestro,’ acclaimed new Leonard Bernstein biopic

For Immediate Release Nov 30, 2023

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Cinema will host a free preview screening of “Maestro” at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

Directed and co-written by Bradley Cooper, Maestro also stars Cooper as Leonard Bernstein, alongside Carey Mulligan as Bernst... Directed and co-written by Bradley Cooper, "Maestro" also stars Cooper as Leonard Bernstein, alongside Carey Mulligan as Bernstein's wife, Felicia Montealegre. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema

An acclaimed drama about the relationship between legendary composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Felicia Montealegre, “Maestro” is directed and co-written by Bradley Cooper, who also stars as Bernstein alongside Carey Mulligan as Montealegre. The film counts Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg among its producers.

“After the huge success of our ‘Glass Onion’ preview screening last fall, we are thrilled to work with Netflix again to give our audience this special sneak peek at one of the year’s most anticipated releases,” IU Cinema Director Alicia Kozma said. “With our stunning projector and sound system, the film’s gorgeous visuals and Bernstein’s unforgettable music will truly get the showcase they deserve. It’s sure to be an incredible theatrical experience you won’t want to miss.”

“Maestro” will have a limited release in select theaters on Nov. 22 before streaming on Netflix on Dec. 20.

IU Cinema is partnering with the Jacobs School of Music on this special event. Jacobs had a long-standing relationship with Bernstein and holds the entirety of the maestro’s Connecticut composing studio in its Leonard Bernstein Collection. Bernstein began visiting Bloomington in the 1970s, and he spent several months workshopping his opera “A Quiet Place” and teaching at the school in 1982.

“Bernstein’s association with Jacobs is indicative of the school’s prestigious reputation, and this screening is a wonderful nod to that connection,” Kozma said.

Abra Bush, the David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean of the Jacobs School of Music, will give remarks before the film.

This event is free, but tickets are required and available on the IU Cinema website. While the cinema expects the screening to sell out quickly, a standby ticket line will be available.

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