Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 7pm

Screening & post-film discussion
Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)

Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 3pm


Standard ticket prices
Tickets available online in advance, or at the door.


Five incredible women from around the world who are boldly breaking glass ceilings in the male-dominated world of orchestral conducting take center stage in MAESTRA.

These women gathered in Paris for ‘La Maestra’, the only competition in the world for female conductors. Personal stories of survival, passion and perseverance are woven together with the drama and excitement of this one-of-a-kind event.

Not Rated | 1hr 28 min | Documentary, Music | 2023 | USA

Directed by Maggie Contreras

  • Maggie Contreras, director
  • Dr. Leah McGray, Director of Instrumental Studies & Conductor of Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, SUNY Geneseo
  • Dr. Yunn-Shan Ma, Director of RIT Philharmonic Orchestra, Director Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus
  • Moderator: Mona Seghatoleslami, WXXI Classical host


About the series

Black Cinema Series
One Take Documentary Series

The Little’s One Take: Stories through the Lens is a monthly documentary film series, presenting a unique mix of documentaries—ranging from film festival favorites to unheralded gems—followed by panel discussions and filmmaker Q&As. Read more about One Take


Community Partner

WXXI Classical Presents

Each year WXXI Classical presents a series of films that are related to classical music in some way.  Selected by our classical music hosts Brenda Tremblay, Mona Seghatoleslami, and Steve Johnson each film chosen exemplifies the power of music in a non-traditional narrative. Films are often preceded by subject-related live music in The Little Cafe or followed by live panel discussion following the film. 

Supported by

Support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts

The One Take Documentary Series at The Little is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.