The 1928 silent film classic The Passion of Joan of Arc accompanied by Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light performed by the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and soloists under the direction of J. Ernest Green.
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film, La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, is consistently mentioned as one of the finest films ever made. Entertainment Weekly listed it 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.
What makes The Passion of Joan of Arc such a landmark moment in film? As Shelton notes, the production is groundbreaking in its approach, look and feel. She also credits star Renee Jeanne Falconetti for her immensely powerful performance. It was way ahead of its time.
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.
Under the direction of J. Ernest Green, who is himself passionate about this work, the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and guest soloists bring intensity and power to this work. Joining Mr. Green are four stellar soloists.
Casual Friday’s performance includes a Q&A with Mr. Green and soloists after the film. On Saturday at 7 p.m., Mr. Green will give a pre-concert talk about this great combination of film and music in the auditorium.