Andrea Goodman, Director





SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Choral Festival will present DREYER’S PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC 1928 SILENT FILM at the Spa Little Theater on Saturday, September 14th at 7:30pm. Silent film organist Peter Krasinki will be a special guest on the program with a live chorus and orchestra members from the Albany Symphony playing the original music by Victor Alix and Leo Pouget. 


 The Passion of Joan of Arc (French: La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) is a 1928 silent French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The film was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and stars Renee Jeanne Falconetti as Joan. It is widely regarded as a landmark of cinema. Dreyer's direction and Falconetti's performance is one of the finest in cinema history. The film summarizes the time that Joan of Arc was a captive of England depicting her trial and execution.


The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative and only variations of Dreyer's second version were available. In 1981, an employee of the Dikemark Hospital mental institution in Oslo found several film canisters in a janitor's closet that were labeled as being The Passion of Joan of Arc. The canisters were sent to the Norwegian Film Institute where they were first stored for three years until finally being examined. It was then discovered that they were Dreyer's original cut prior to government or church censorship. 


In the 1920s film music was normally played live in the theatre. Only the reduced full score, string and vocal parts have survived, found in the U.S. Library of Congress. For this performance, the wind parts have been recreated and added. In 1994, composer Richard Einhorn wrote an oratorio based on the film entitled “Voices of Light", but this original 1928 score has rarely been performed.


Organist Peter Krasinksi is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for the pipe organ community who imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform audiences. Along with regular concert appearances he specializes in the art of silent film accompaniment worldwide. He currently serves as Organist at First Church of Christ in providence RI and is a faculty member at St. Paul’s Choir School, Cambridge MA.


Concert tickets are $30 preferred seating adults, $20 front sections and seniors. Free for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets or request information visit www.saratogachoralfest.org. Phone: 518-791-0185 or email satbchoir@yahoo.com. Concert sponsors are Adirondack Trust, the Saratoga Arts Council, Cohoes Savings bank, Saratoga Rotary, Stewarts, and the Times Union.

The Saratoga Choral Festivalbegan in the summer of 2001. Previous seasons have featured music ranging from Bach’s Magnificat (featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra), Gretchaninov’s Liturgia Domestica, our tribute to Dave Brubeck with the outstanding jazz pianist Eldar Jangirov, our Yaddo anniversary celebration in and our SPAC 50thchildren’s concert. The chorus has also performed with the Philadelphia orchestra in Mahler’s 3rdSymphonywith the Harlem Boys Choir under the direction of Charles Dutoit at SPAC. Our performance venue is the SPA Little Theater located in the heart of SPA State Park. The Festival joins the list of illustrious performances presented there during the summer such as Opera Saratoga and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival. 



For more information and group reservations, contact us at agoodman@saratogachoralfest.org or 518-791-0185.

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