The Citizen Kane Experience

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Explore one of cinema’s greatest films over a three-day event! The Toledo Symphony and TMA examine the 1941 classic Citizen Kane and its artistic inspirations.

Citizen Kane (1941, 119 minutes)
Jan. 12: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Often described as the greatest films ever made, Orson Welles’s controversial masterpiece uses innovative flashbacks and groundbreaking cinematography to follow the epic rise and fall of a wealthy newspaper magnate (a thinly veiled portrait of William Randolph Hearst).

Once Upon a Cocktail: William Randolph Hearst and His Castle
Jan. 13: 6 p.m., GlasSalon
Jutta Page, senior curator of glass and decorative arts, discusses nine objects formerly owned by William Randolph Hearst that are now part of TMA’s collection. The objects include an elaborate gilded-silver chalice, gilded-silver and rock crystal candlesticks, and a 1596 nautilus shell cup. In addition, a cash bar will serve several of the cocktails that Hearst served at his famous castle parties in the 1920s and ’30s. Grammy award-winning composer Michael Daugherty will discuss the research for his concerto. Once the event is over, head across the street for the TSO concert, Organ, Orchestra and Xanadu.

Organ, Orchestra, and Xanadu
Jan. 13 and 14: 8 p.m., Peristyle
The Toledo Symphony performs composer Michael Daugherty’s organ concerto, called “Once Upon a Castle.” The music is inspired by the real-life Hearst Castle, portrayed in Citizen Kane as Xanadu. Grammy award-winning organist Paul Jacobs joins the orchestra in this fantastic musical event. The performance features TSO in HD, an immersive symphonic and video concert experience. Tickets available at or 419-246-8000.

One Response to “The Citizen Kane Experience”

  1. Paul Lehmann says:

    Since Thursday night is probably the most popular weekday night to have choir practices, music-related programs on Thursdays will lose a large potential audience. (I did look up what Jan 12 was since TMA rarely allows us to read the day as well as the date) . Luckily the movie showing appears to be the least interactive of the three programs and I expect all will enjoy what sounds to be an excellent planned series. I’ll look for a library copy of the movie in the meantime

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