TONIGHT'S PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT
In a rare special event the Rackham Symphony Choir will perform composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, a powerful oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra, accompanying a screening of Carl Th. Dreyer’s majestic silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, starring Renee Falconetti as Joan. Born in 1412, Joan of Arc was an illiterate young woman who led a French army against English occupation, was eventually martyred and canonized a saint. She claimed to be guided by divine voices – a core element in Einhorn’s piece.
Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is considered by most critics to be among the greatest films ever made, and has its own mysterious and miraculous history. Months after it premiered in 1928, the negative was destroyed in a fire. A copy of the original version of the film was later discovered in a closet in an asylum in Norway, and the film restored in 1985.
Einhorn’s score is built around a series of texts by women writers of the middle ages, and brings to it both his research in medieval chant and his appreciation of compositional minimalism. The libretto is a montage of Latin and ancient French writings, and is presented with English subtitles. This program is presented through the collaboration of the Rackham Symphony Choir and the DIA Friends of Detroit Film Theatre.
"Falconetti's may be the finest performance ever recorded on film." -Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
tickets are available in advance for Friday only at $14 (for a groups of ten or
more). To purchase group tickets please call the DIA Box Office at (313) 833 4005.
Friday, March 22 @ 8:00 pm: Dress Rehearsal
Saturday, March 23 @ 8:00 pm: Performance