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 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.
The Annapolis Chorale, a local treasure, has members who hail from Annapolis and communities all over the region including Bowie, Severna Park, Edgewater, Davidsonville, Harwood, Mayo, Pasadena, Baltimore, Crownsville, Millersville, Columbia, Galesville and others.
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.
Under the direction of J. Ernest Green, who is himself passionate about this work, the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and guest soloists bring a fresh intensity and power to this work.
Casual Friday’s performance includes a Q&A with Mr. Green and soloists after the film.