The Pacific Film Archive, Paramount Theatre, and the Silent Film Festival are thrilled to announce a presentation of VOICES OF LIGHT/THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, an Oratorio with Silent Film on Thursday, December 2 at 7:30pm at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre. This event combines the performance of Richard Einhorn’s choral and orchestral work "Voices of Light" with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Dreyer’s depiction of the trial and execution of Joan of Arc is rightfully canonized as one of cinema’s masterpieces. The film combines the actual written records of the trial with a style that draws on French Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Soviet Montage to create a visually breathtaking and emotionally intimate portrayal of the young woman’s interrogation and last moments. As Joan, Maria Falconetti gives what “may be the finest performance ever recorded on film” (Pauline Kael).
The composition "Voices of Light," scored by Richard Einhorn for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, “sublimely matches one of the great films of all time” (Chicago Sun-Times). "Voices of Light" will be conducted on December 2 by Dr. Mark Sumner and performed by a chorus of 200 voices and a twenty-two piece orchestra. Dr. Sumner and the University of California Alumni Chorus will be joined by the women of UC Berkeley’s Perfect Fifth; tenor soloist Daniel Ebbers and baritone soloist Martin Bell; and UC Men’s and Women’s Chorales.
For more information and ticket availability, please visit the Silent Film Festival website.