VOICES OF LIGHT
SILENT FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA & CHORALE
Featuring the masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc
SAT NOV 23, 2019, 8pm
Pre-concert lecture 6:45pm
Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Matt Smith, tenor
Kerry Wilkerson, baritone
National Philharmonic Chorale
Stan Engebretson, conductor
The original version of Theodor Dreyer’s iconic silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) was rediscovered in 1981. The recovery and remastering of the film caused an international sensation. In 1994, American composer Richard Einhorn wrote a brand-new soundtrack for the film, Voices of Light, for solo voices, chorus and orchestra. Einhorn’s libretto interestingly draws from a variety of medieval and renaissance sources, including religious texts, mystic writings by women, and excerpts from the actual trial of Joan of Arc. The luminous, otherworldly, powerfully evocative music creates an unforgettable counterpoint to the film, resulting in a memorable and deeply affecting artistic experience.
Voices of Light has been hailed as “a triumph” (Los Angeles Times) and praised as “lush,” “brilliantly effective” and “moving” by The New York Times.
Sponsored by Rochelle Stanfield & Edward Grossman