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Music & Film
Music & Film: "Voices of Light" November 9, 2012; 7:30 pm *post perfomrnace Q&A November 10, 2012; 8:00 pm *pre performance lecture at 7:00 pm Section A: $40 Section B: $37
Some silent films deserve a great score and Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is one of those. Groundbreaking, iconic and modern in its feel, this film is consistently on most lists of the best films ever made. Happily, it has a great score in Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light,” which will be performed with the film by the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra under the direction of J. Ernest Green at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Joining the Chorale for these two performances are soprano Amy Cofield Williamson, mezzo Catrin Davies, tenor Frederic Rey and baritone David Murray.
This experience is an emotional one, which makes it the Chorale's most-requested encore ever. Entertainment Weekly listed "The Passion of Joan of Arc," as one of the best films never to win an Oscar and Sight & Sound, a British film magazine, listed it as one of the top 10 best films ever made. In August, director Lynn Shelton (Humphrey and Your Sister’s Sister) listed this film as one of her “must see” choices.
When he saw this film, composer Richard Einhorn was moved to create a musical composition to accompany it. The resulting work, "Voices of Light," has been hailed by critics and given standing ovations by audiences since premiere in 1994. Written for chorus, orchestra and soloists, it uses Latin, Italian and Medieval French texts from female mystics as the voices that Joan hears.
Friday’s casual performance includes a post-concert question-and-answer session with Mr. Green and guest artists. Saturday’s concert features a pre-concert talk by Mr. Green at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.