In a landmark multimedia collaboration, Portland Youth Philharmonic presents Voices of Light at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Friday, January 26, 2018. The 7:30 PM performance features multiple local vocal artists collaborating on the title oratorio by Richard Einhorn, to accompany a screening of Carl Dreyer’s iconic 1928 silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc. The film is screening in collaboration with Northwest Film Center, as part of their 34th Reel Music Festival. Voices of Light includes live performances by Camerata PYP, In Mulieribus women’s vocal ensemble, three Portland State University choirs, Chamber Choir, Vox Femina, and Man Choir, as well as celebrated vocal soloists Catherine van der Salm, Hannah Penn, Brian Tierney, and Anton Belov. All Classical Portland is the official media sponsor.
The Passion of Joan of Arc is one of the most elemental and stunning silent films in world cinema. Carl Dreyer’s examination of the trial of Joan of Arc remains as intense and affecting as it was 90 years ago. (The film contains scenes of severe torture and is intended for mature audiences.) Einhorn’s brilliant composition underlines and amplifies the drama of Dreyer’s masterpiece. Voices of Light premiered in 1994 and was praised as “lush,” “brilliantly effective” and “moving” by The New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Sun Times. It has since been performed around the world, but this is the first production of this magnitude in Portland.
Additional events are planned to set the stage for the Voices of Light performance. PYP will live stream a conversation with Richard Einhorn, the composer, and David Hattner, the conductor, from the All Classical Portland studios on Facebook on Wednesday, January 24, at 6PM. All Classical Portland will also offer a special Thursdays @ Three preview performance with In Mulieribus on January 25. On Saturday, January 27, at 4PM, Portland State University will host PSU alumna, Carolyn Gage’s award-winning, one-woman play, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc.
For more information and tickets, visit portlandyouthphil.org.
All Classical Portland donors receive $10 off tickets. Look for the discount code in your email, or call 503-943-5828.