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Mozart In The Jungle - S04E05 Final Scene
New Season of 'Mozart in the Jungle' Features a Unique Performance
Liz Shannon Miller. No matter the genre, so many great shows being made today exist to excite us and to challenge us. The fourth season has been out for a week now, and for fans of the show, there are plenty of interesting developments, as the series continues to further develop its eclectic ensemble, once centralized around a New York City symphony but now spread out to pursue a number of different pursuits. Popular on Indiewire. A lot happens, some strong character work emerges, and Bernadette Peters also gets drunk and does karaoke. It is a thoroughly enjoyable season of television. When Thomas loses his role at the symphony, he finds new opportunities.
When Mozart in the Jungle made its debut in , I watched the first episode with narrowed eyes and jaded ears. How, I wondered, could a TV show possibly get the classical-music world right and still be fun? If a show can be in love with its subject matter, Mozart in the Jungle has fallen for the strange, motley power of music. In order to shoot the segment, a real orchestra and its actor-filled double traveled to Rikers Island and performed for actual detainees, who were genuinely overwhelmed and said so on camera. What they heard was not a concert of easily digestible pops, but a program of music by the 20th-century French composer Olivier Messiaen, who wrote one his best-known works, Quartet for the End of Time, in a World War II prison camp. Inmate to inmate, composer and audience connected across continents and decades. I hope the next time an orchestra administrator claims that the surest way to win new audiences is by spoon-feeding them pabulum, someone will cue up the moist eyes of inmates listening to Turangalila-symphonie.