National Philharmonic: Voices of Light

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8pm

The Music Center

National Philharmonic
Music Center

National Philharmonic
Voices of Light
Silent Film with Live Orchestra & Chorale

Featuring The Passion of Joan of Arc

Pre-concert lecture 6:45pm

Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Katherine Pracht, mezzo-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

Kids 7-17 Free

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This concert is not presented by Strathmore.

Voices of Light