SLO Youth Symphony opens season with 'Botso' screening

slinn@thetribunenews.comSeptember 26, 2013 

In this 2007 photo, "Botso" Korisheli gives a piano lesson to student Madeline Ogle, 10, at his home in Morro Bay.


The San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony launches its 50th season this week with a screening of an award-winning documentary about its founder.

Directed by Tom Walters and written by Hilary Roberts Grant, “Botso: The Teacher from Tbilisi” chronicles the life of Morro Bay music teacher Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli, who founded the symphony in 1965. A native of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, he endured personal loss, political strife and war before immigrating to the United States.

The film will be screened at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Palm Theatre, 817 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo, following a reception next door at Mee Heng Low Noodle House. Admission is $50.

All proceeds benefit the youth symphony, which is part of the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Music Education program.

The documentary also can be seen at the Palm Theatre Friday through Oct 3. Tickets are $8.

For information, call 541-5161 or visit

In July, “Botso: The Teacher from Tbilisi” won the audience award for best film at the Maine International Film Festival. Carmel Art and Film Festival attendees will view the film Oct. 12.

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