Arts, Crafts & Pie Fair

Bakers and home cooks offer pies, cakes, cookies and other holiday treats from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Tapestry Charter School (65 Great Arrow Ave.). Call 204-5883, Ext. 1030.


“The Last Quartet” is winning praise for its realistic portrayal of classical music – something you don’t find often in movies. Here are a few that get at least part of it right.

“Amadeus” (1984): Though it’s fiction, it hints at Mozart’s elusive genius. Playwright Peter Shaffer has Mozart rival Antonio Salieri describing Mozart’s music with tremendous eloquence.

“Beethoven Lives Upstairs” (1992): A sweet movie for kids about a boy who makes friends with Beethoven.

“Mozart’s Sister” (2011): This fictional movie is the first to portray the travels of the Mozart family when Wolfgang was a Wunderkind. The adventures of this middle-class family among the great crowned heads of Europe is one of the great stories in music.

“The Pianist” (2002): Based on true story of a Jewish pianist saved by a German officer in World War II, this movie gets some things wrong. But the music is so poignant, and the harrowing story makes you think of all the musicians whose lives were turned upside down by this terrible era.

“Song of Love” (1947): This old chestnut can be corny, but it captures the chaotic nature of the Schumann household, Robert Schumann’s precarious mental state and the bittersweet relationship between Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Plus you hear a lot of music by Schumann, Brahms and Liszt.

– Mary Kunz Goldman