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Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Location: Minnesota, USA
Voicing: Mixed
The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce a powerful presentation - Voices of Light merges Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn. Voices of Light is scheduled for Friday, April 15 at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Friday, April 22 at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. Visit www.oratorio.org for more information and tickets.
 
VOICES OF LIGHT / THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, A Twin Cities Premiere
Friday, April 15, 2016 8:00 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul
Tickets: $45, $35, $25 at http://oratorio.org or 866-811-4111
Friday, April 22, 2016 8:00 p.m.
Basilica of Saint Mary
88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis
Tickets: $45, $35, $25 at http://oratorio.org or 866-811-4111
Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc is a stunning evening of music and film. The critically acclaimed event has brought sold-out houses to their feet in over 250 performances around the world including Avery Fischer Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House and, most recently, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. It has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, PRI’s Performance Today and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Voices of Light features the 90-member Oratorio Society Chorus, soloists plus an orchestra.
In reviewing the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote: “You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti. In a medium without words, where the filmmakers believed that the camera captured the essence of characters through their faces, to see Falconetti in Carl Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ is to look into eyes that will never leave you.”
Richard Einhorn’s music has attracted huge audiences on its own. The Sony Classical release of Voices of Light featuring the renowned vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, has been an international bestseller since its release in 1994.
A projection screen, measuring 18 feet high by 24 feet wide has been designed especially for both performances. The movie will be shown using dual 12K High Definition projectors.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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