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  • In four corners of the globe four violinists bring Vivaldi's celebrated Four Seasons to life.

    In four corners of the globe four violinists bring Vivaldi's celebrated Four Seasons to life.

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  • Sayaka Shoji, performing the Spring Concerto in Tokyo

    Sayaka Shoji, performing the Spring Concerto in Tokyo

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  • Cho-Liang Lin enjoys a joke with his musician friends on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

    Cho-Liang Lin enjoys a joke with his musician friends on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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  • Niki Vasilakis in the summer heat on Thursday Island, Australia

    Niki Vasilakis in the summer heat on Thursday Island, Australia

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  • Niki Vasilakis on Thursday Island, Australia

    Niki Vasilakis on Thursday Island, Australia

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  • Sayaka Shoji playing the Spring Concerto in Tokyo, Japan

    Sayaka Shoji playing the Spring Concerto in Tokyo, Japan

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  • Pekka Kuusisto playing his own arrangement at a house concert in Katkasuvanto, Lapland

    Pekka Kuusisto playing his own arrangement at a house concert in Katkasuvanto, Lapland

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  • Sayaka Shoji performing in a 17th century traditional teahouse at the Tokyo National Museum

    Sayaka Shoji performing in a 17th century traditional teahouse at the Tokyo National Museum

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  • A winter forest in Lapland, 200 miles above the Arctic Circle

    A winter forest in Lapland, 200 miles above the Arctic Circle

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  • Sayaka Shoji with students of the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo

    Sayaka Shoji with students of the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo

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  • Cho-Liang Lin playing the heart wrenching slow movement from the Autumn Concerto

    Cho-Liang Lin playing the heart wrenching slow movement from the Autumn Concerto

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The Film

It is April in Tokyo and spring has arrived — cherry blossoms sweep across the country, bursting into their short, magnificent lives in one of nature’s finest festivals. With Hanami as the backdrop, international violinist Sayaka Shoji returns to her homeland to lead young violin students through Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto. We share in their delight and surprise as they endeavor to relate the stories in this 300-year-old Italian music with their own modern Japanese experience.

At the height of an Australian summer, Niki Vasilakis travels 3000 kilometres from her home in the far south, by train, car, boat, and plane, towards Australia’s northernmost town. Traversing the dry, red heart of the continent into the intense, wet season of the north, the gift of music is exchanged across cultures within this vast land. The tension in waiting for the relief of rain mirrors the music of the Summer Concerto, which drives this section with unstoppable force.

As autumn dresses New York with her vibrant colors, a group of friends reunite at an old haunt near Central Park. Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin, a performer of great spirit, is the ring leader of this motley group, a rich cultural melting pot of musicians who chose to make New York their home many years ago. The energy and humor of these people is infectious, and driven by the music of the Autumn Concerto, we experience their city, past, present, and future through their intimate tales of this extraordinary place.

Now it is winter, and in the furthest reaches of Finnish Lapland, Pekka Kuusisto and his musicians travel through the ice and dark to the home of an old family friend, to perform the Winter Concerto in a neighborhood concert. Here, far above the Arctic Circle, we reach the end of our international journey. In this remarkable landscape we celebrate the warmth and hope the language of music gives all of us.

The Filmmakers

  1. Tim SladeDirector
  2. Joanna BuggyProducer