Event Description

The Santa Fe Symphony is thrilled to announce the Southwestern U.S. premiere of Forte, a new documentary film that explores the lives of three exceptional female musicians as they seek to make their own unique impact on the world of classical music. Presenting an important message of female empowerment, Forte is co-presented alongside the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The League of American Orchestras, Hamburg, Germany’s Elbphilharmonie, and more.


Forte is the first documentary within this genre featuring an entirely female ensemble cast. Tatiana Berman is a cultural entrepreneur and mother of three, struggling to balance her family obligations with an effort to re-establish her career. Lucia Caruso is an Argentinian composer who gets a career-defining opportunity to score a feature film, discovering whether she can meet her own artistic expectations under pressure. Eldbjørg Hemsing is a young Norwegian soloist who champions a rare, self-discovered composition and risks a promising career to bring it to life. These intriguing, inspiring stories are put into context through commentary by some of the top classical music personalities, including Paavo Järvi, Tan Dun, JoAnn Falletta and Ksenia Bashmet.

“Everyone, especially women, must have the confidence to create their own definition of success, and design lives that don’t force us to choose between personal dreams and professional ones.” —Tatiana Berman

Anastasia Boudanoque, who produced Forte together with Donnelly, expects the film to engage a wide audience. “Today, it is virtually impossible to skim through your social media feed without being bombarded by compelling images of success. But what does “success” actually mean for each and every one of us? This question is especially challenging for women, who are often held to complex and often conflicting standards. The women in this film have the courage to define success for themselves, and I hope their stories will inspire the audience to do the same.”

One of Forte’s unique and experimental features is the fact that one of its characters, Lucia Caruso, composes the soundtrack for this film, including the scenes that involve herself. “Her creative journey of writing the score becomes part of the story. I have never seen anything like this in a documentary,” says director David Donnelly.

Donnelly’s debut documentary Maestro, offering a behind-the-scenes look into the life and career of Paavo Järvi, one of the most celebrated conductors of our times, was released worldwide in 2014, translated into 8 languages and broadcasted in more than 20 countries.


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• One General Admission seat
• Onstage talk-back with Director/
Producer David Donnelly, Forte Star
Tatiana Berman, and two female
Symphony musicians

$80 VIP Package includes:
• Premium seating in reserved section
• Onstage talk-back with Director/
Producer David Donnelly, Forte Star
Tatiana Berman, and two female
Symphony musicians.
• Autographed Forte poster
• VIP Galerie Züger reception with wine,
hors d’oeuvres, private performance,
and Q&A with Berman and Donnelly