The National Philharmonic, with the National Philharmonic Chorale, conducted by Stan Engebretson, will present Voices of Light - Silent Film with Live Orchestra & Choralefeaturing the Passion of Joan of Arc on November 23.The soloists will be Suzanne Karpov, soprano, Katherine Pracht, mezzo-soprano, Matt Smith, tenor and Kerry Wilkerson, baritone. "The original version of Theodor Dreyer’s iconic silent filmThe Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) was rediscovered in 1981. The recovery and remastering of the film caused an international sensation. In 1994, American composer Richard Einhorn wrote a brand-new soundtrack for the film, Voices of Light, for solo voices, chorus and orchestra. Einhorn’s libretto draws from a variety of medieval and renaissance sources, including religious texts, mystic writings by women, and excerpts from the actual trial of Joan of Arc." There will be a pre-concert lecture.
Select Theatres at AMC in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are among the favorites of area residents.
The Avalon Theatre on Connecticut Ave. NW continues to offer Senior Cinema Thursdayson the third Thursday of each month. Seniors can see the Avalon’s current feature film on the big screen at 10:30 a.m. as they meet friends and enjoy a morning of entertainment! All movies are shown in the more-easily accessible downstairs theater, Avalon 1. The series is presented by Chevy Chase House, and, at last report, tickets are still $5 each.