Voices of Light
National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale Present Richard Einhorn’s Oratorio and the Silent Film The Passion of Joan of Arc
Sat Nov 23 @ 8pm
Join us for a special pre-concert Q&A with composer Richard Einhorn & WTOP Entertainment Editor Jason Fraley, 6:45 pm
Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Katherine Pracht, mezzo-soprano
Matt Smith, tenor
Kerry Wilkerson, baritone
National Philharmonic Chorale
Stan Engebretson, conductor
Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn.
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film – a haunting and powerful depiction of the trial of Joan of Arc – enhanced with a live performance of Einhorn’s superb score for orchestra, chorus and soloists is at once deeply moving and unforgettable. The visual intensity of the performances – actress Renée Falconetti’s role as Joan is by itself extraordinary – is brilliantly supported by Einhorn’s skillful use of vocal parts inspired by Medieval song and instrumental writing based on layered minimalist note-patterns.
Performances draw a wide audience ranging from film buffs and choral enthusiasts, to contemporary music lovers and those who continue to find the story of Joan of Arc inspirational even 600 years after her birth.
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