Classical music doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being hip. For too long it’s been seen as a stuffy genre for the high cultured elite. WHAT WOULD BEETHOVEN DO? follows a number of renegades, from composers flirting with modern mediums, to young musicians dedicated to changing the narrative, to a man who works with tabla players to turntablists. Notable artists such as, Bobby McFerrin, Benjamin Zander and Eric Whitacre add their voices to the debate about why classical music is still relevant today.
This documentary captures the rise of an exciting revolution happening from within. These innovative individuals are breaking the stereotypes and bringing classical music to a 21st century audience. At its core, it’s about why we create art and why we should care about art in our society.
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jonathan Keijser is a filmmaker and musician, with a Bachelor of Music in performance classical double bass from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and MFA in filmmaking from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
During his time in Montreal, he founded a federally registered not-for-profit theatre company for emerging arts professionals. While running the company, he also directed two fully staged broadway musicals, Into The Woods & Cabaret, receiving acclaim from Montreal critics.
His feature documentary, What Would Beethoven Do?, is currently making the festival rounds, premiering at the Cleveland International Film Festival. It questions why we create art by looking at three renegades who are helping repair the fractured state of the ailing classical music world.
Jonathan has a deeply personal commitment to creating socially relevant content and feels we have a responsibility as creators to tell stories that affect positive social change in the world. Jonathan is the co-President of Wire Walker Studios, a media company focused on creating socially-conscious content.
You can hear an interview with Jonathan on WCLV Radio before the Cleveland International Film Festival world premiere.