Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc

03 Mar 2013

Southborough, MA


St. Mark's School


Lecture - 2:40, Performance and movie - 3:30

Presenting Organization/Ensemble:

Assabet Valley MasterSingers, Worcester Children's Chorus and orchestra

Conductor/Keynote Speaker:

AVM Director - Robert P. Eaton, Speaker - John J. Michalczyk, Worcester Children’s Chorus - Jennifer Kane

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. An incredibly moving composition for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, Voices of Light has been hailed as "a triumph" (Los Angeles Times) and "an overwhelming experience" (Chicago Tribune).

On Sunday, March 3rd at 3:30 pm, Assabet Valley Mastersingers with
orchestral accompaniment will present a highly unusual concert at St. Mark’s
School in Southborough. Voices of Light will merge the legendary silent film
masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer) with live performance of a
sensational oratorio by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn. The 1928 film
was lost and not rediscovered until the 1980’s, when the composer began work
on his music, later premiered in 1994. The original screenplay is drawn from
actual trial transcripts and compresses the action into one very intensely emotional
day, using extreme close-ups and unique camera angles to extraordinary effect.
Einhorn’s music accompanying the silent film draws from various ancient writings
and correspondence that Joan had dictated to a scribe, altogether creating a starkly
compelling experience.
     The Mastersingers chorus will be joined by four stellar vocal soloists (soprano
Jean Danton, mezzo Jacque Wilson, tenor William Hite, and baritone Robert
Honeysucker), orchestra, and the renowned Worcester Children’s Chorus (Jennifer
Kane, Director)—all under the baton of AVM Artistic Director Robert P. Eaton.
Voices of Light has been received with much enthusiasm across the nation.
     Boston College Fine Arts Professor, Documentary Film-maker, and Film
Studies Program Director John J. Michalczyk will present a pre-concert lecture at
2:40 pm in the concert hall, lasting approximately 30 minutes. Dr. Michalczyk’s
documentaries have explored issues of moral courage, discrimination, war and
peace, with the aim of giving voice to those working for peaceful resolution and
greater understanding in many parts of the world.
     The auditorium at St. Mark’s School, 25 Marlboro Road (Route 85) in
Southborough is accessible to the physically challenged. Primary parking will be
at Woodward School, 28 Cordaville Road (Route 85) with a free shuttle service.
Assistive listening systems, courtesy of Crossroads Community Foundation, are
available at all concerts for use by hearing impaired audience members. Large print
programs will be offered to those desiring enhanced readability.
     Concert tickets may be purchased at Robinson Music Company,
Westborough; Shattuck’s Pharmacy, Northborough; Shrewsbury Federal Credit
Union, Shrewsbury; English Garden Florist, Southborough; Robinson’s Hardware in
Hudson; and both Joy-Den Jewelers and Main Street Café in Marlborough. Tickets
are priced at $25 (twenty-five) general and $20 (twenty) for students and senior
citizens and are also available through the AVM website (below). Advance
purchases made at the retail outlets may be discounted by $3 each. If tickets are not
sold out, at-the-door prices will be reduced by $3 for WGBH members.
     For further information call (978) 562-9838 or reference www.avmsingers.org.
Partial funding for the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, a non-profit organization, has
been provided by the Avidia Bank Charitable Foundation and by the Massachusetts
Cultural Council through local Arts Councils.

Alene E. Cole, Publicity
Assabet Valley Mastersingers
(978) 562-983

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