Voices of Light – 2013

Rackham Symphony Choir and the DIA’s Friends of the Detroit Film Theatre present Richard Einhorn’s

Voices of Light

A multimedia celebration of the female spirit, in honor of Women’s History Month

Voices of Light, an oratorio by Richard Einhorn, combines the magic of classic cinema with the drama and power of an 80-member choir, 8 acclaimed soloists, and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton.

Written to accompany Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light has been hailed as “a thrilling celebration of female spirituality and heroism.” An incredibly moving and popular 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).

This multimedia tribute to the life of Joan of Arc explores her legacy over several centuries, bringing her story to 21st century audiences through the timeless mediums of film and music.

Voices of Light 
Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Art
March 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Tickets are $22.00 for DIA Members and $25.00 for Non-Members

Student and Groups are invited to the Dress Rehearsal Friday, March 22, 2013

$15.00 for members and $18.00 for Non-Members.
Special Group Rates apply. Click here for more info.

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The Film is considered by critics to be simply one of the 10 greatest films ever made. Thought to have been destroyed in warehouse fires, a perfect copy was discovered in 1981 and lovingly restored. With its raw emotional power, its naturalistic acting and an utterly contemporary visual style, The Passion of Joan of Arc looks like it was made only yesterday. It is a haunting, extraordinary film.

The Music – praised as “lush,” “brilliantly effective” and “moving” by the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Sun Times – has attracted a huge audience on its own. The Sony Classical CD of VOICES OF LIGHT, featuring the famous medieval vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, is an international bestseller and has spent over 7 weeks on the Billboard charts.

8 Acclaimed Soloists
 Monica Swartout-Bebow Ricardo Lugo Emily Bennett Elizabeth CedroniCarol Ambrogio-Wood Brian White Annie Klark Angela Theis

“Highlighted by Renee Falconetti’s still-astonishing performance, director Carl Th. Dreyer’s silent masterwork The Passion of Joan of Arc remains one of the world’s great films, a pioneering example of how motion pictures can explore the deepest emotions of its characters through a combination of brilliant acting, cinematography, editing and direction. As magnificent as it is when seen as a purely silent film, Dreyer’s creation assumes yet an even richer dimension when presented with Richard Einhorn’s inspired musical oratorio Voices of Light. This overwhelming combination of film and live musical performance generates a unique, sybaritic, stunningly emotional pull that is unparalleled in my own moviegoing experience.”

-Elliot Wilhelm, Curator of Film, Detroit Institute of Arts

  1. Torture
  2. The Final Walk (excerpt)
  3. The Fire Of The Dove Epilogue Letter From Joan Of Arc

See The Libretto for Voices of Light

Find out more about Voices of Light here!