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Marin Alsop Leads the BSO in Multimedia Production, Voices of Light, March 2-4; Rare Performance Brings Live Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra to Silent Film

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Baltimore, Md. (PRWEB) January 27, 2012

Marin Alsop Leads the BSO in Multimedia Production, Voices of Light, March 2-4

Rare performance brings live soloists, chorus and orchestra to silent film

Baltimore, Md. (January 27, 2012) – Music Director Marin Alsop will lead the BSO and Baltimore Choral Arts Society in Richard Einhorn’s large-scale, multimedia work Voices of Light – The Passion of Joan of Arc on Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. Marking the 600th anniversary of the birth of French heroine and martyr Joan of Arc, the BSO commemorates her life with Einhorn’s Voices of Light, accompanied by the work’s original inspiration, the extraordinary 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer. The landmark silent film features actress Renée Falconetti, whose portrayal of Joan of Arc is regarded as one of the greatest film performances of all time. Editor’s Note: These performances are also part of the first-ever Women of the World Festival (WOW-Baltimore). More details about WOW-Baltimore can be found at WOWBaltimore.org. Please see below for complete program details.

An American composer with considerable film-score experience, Richard Einhorn first saw The Passion of Joan of Arc in 1988 and the experience was so shattering and vividly inspiring for him he immediately began working on an oratorio to accompany the film. Six years later, Voices of Light has performed in sold-out venues around the country and has since been hailed as “a moving score…sublimely matching one of the great films of all time.” (Chicago Sun). Einhorn’s mesmerizing work for soloists, chorus and orchestra is described by the composer as “a patchwork of visions, fantasies, and reflections assembled from various ancient sources, notably the writings of medieval female mystics…representing the spiritual, political, and metaphorical womb in which Joan was conceived.” Managing to sound both ancient and timeless, Einhorn mixes melodies based on traditional chant with modern minimalism to create a hauntingly spiritual atmosphere. The BSO, conducted by Alsop, will be joined by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society to present this rarely performed work in its entirety.

Marin Alsop, conductor
Hailed as one of the world’s leading conductors for her artistic vision and commitment to accessibility in classical music, Marin Alsop made history with her appointment as the 12th music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. With her inaugural concerts in September 2007, she became the first woman to head a major American orchestra. She also holds the title of conductor emeritus at the Bournemouth Symphony in the United Kingdom, where she served as the principal conductor from 2002-2008, and is music director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California.

In 2005, Ms. Alsop was named a MacArthur Fellow, the first conductor ever to receive this prestigious award. In 2007, she was honored with a European Women of Achievement Award, in 2008 she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2009 Musical America named her “Conductor of the Year.” In November 2010, she was inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame. In February 2011, Marin Alsop was named the music director of the Orquestra Sinfônica do estado de São Paulo (OSESP), or the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, effective for the 2012-13 season. Ms. Alsop was named to Guardian’s Top 100 Women list in March 2011. In 2011 Marin Alsop was named an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre in London, England.

A regular guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Alsop appears frequently as a guest conductor with the most distinguished orchestras around the world. In addition to her performance activities, she is also an active recording artist with award-winning cycles of Brahms, Barber and Dvořák.

Marin Alsop attended Yale University and received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School. In 1989, her conducting career was launched when she won the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize at Tanglewood where she studied with Leonard Bernstein.

Baltimore Choral Arts Society
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, now in its 45th season, is one of Maryland's premier cultural institutions. The Symphonic Chorus, Full Chorus, Orchestra, and Chamber Chorus perform throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Washington, D.C., New York, and in Europe.

In the summer of 2007, Tom Hall led the Chorus in a successful, 3-city tour of France including sold-out performances in Paris and Aix-en-Provence, and the Chorus has also appeared at Spain’s prestigious Festival of the Costa del Sol.

For the past 15 years, WMAR Television, the ABC network affiliate in Maryland, has featured Choral Arts in an hour-long special, 'Christmas with Choral Arts," which won an Emmy Award in 2006. Mr. Hall and the chorus were also featured in a PBS documentary called "Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith," broadcast nationwide, and on National Public Radio in 2001. On local radio, Mr. Hall is the host of "Choral Arts Classics," a monthly program on WYPR that features the Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra, and he is the Culture Editor on WYPR’s "Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast."

Baltimore Choral Arts' latest CD is "Christmas at America's First Cathedral," released on Gothic Records in September 2010. A recording with Dave Brubeck, featuring Brubeck’s oratorio, "The Gates of Justice," was released internationally on the NAXOS label in 2004. Choral Arts has two other recordings in current release: "Christmas with Choral Arts" and a live recording of the Rachmaninoff "All-Night Vigil." Mr. Hall produced "Let Freedom Ring!," a highly successful recording for Gothic Records featuring the Washington Men’s Camerata, as well the soundtracks for "Legends" on the Learning Channel.

Choral Arts has appeared with the National Symphony, and has made regular appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Acclaimed artists collaborating with Choral Arts have included Chanticleer, Dave Brubeck, the King’s Singers, Peter Schickele, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Anonymous 4, and others. Tom Hall’s innovative programs often feature both choral and orchestral music, stage and theater works.

Tom Hall, director
Tom Hall is one of the most highly regarded performers in choral music today. Appointed Music Director in 1982, Mr. Hall has added more than 100 new works to the BCAS repertoire, and he has premiered works by contemporary composers including Peter Schickele, Libby Larsen, Robert Sirota, James Lee III, Rosephanye Dunn Powell, and many other internationally acclaimed composers.

In addition to his position with BCAS, Mr. Hall is active as a guest conductor in the United States and in Europe including appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Berkshire Choral Festival, Musica Sacra in New York, and Britten Sinfonia in Canterbury, England. His 2005 concert with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris was broadcast on French television. Mr. Hall has prepared choruses for Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and others, and he served for ten years as the Chorus Master of the Baltimore Opera Company.

Mr. Hall is also a well known teacher, lecturer, and writer. He has served as the President of Chorus America, a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been an Artist in Residence at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Cincinnati, Temple University, and Syracuse University. He has been the Director of Choral Activities at Goucher College for 25 years, and has also taught at the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Baltimore, Towson University, Morgan State University, and the Johns Hopkins University.

Julie Bosworth, soprano
Soprano Julie Bosworth, a native of St. Louis, is in her second year of graduate studies at the Peabody Institute. In 2010, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Millikin University with a bachelor’s of music in education. While at Millikin, Ms. Bosworth performed with the internationally acclaimed University Choir, early music ensemble Tudor Voices and Millikin Opera Theatre. Her favorite roles at Millikin included “Blanche de la Force” (Dialogues of the Carmelites), “Ginevra” (Ariodante) and the title role in Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood. At the completion of her undergraduate career, Ms. Bosworth was presented the Mary B. Merris Award, which the university bestows to an outstanding vocal student each year.

With her keen interest in music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Ms. Bosworth is known for her experience in early music performance. She has performed at the New Brunswick Early Music Festival for the past three years with roles in two of Purcell’s operas, Dido and Aeneas (Belinda) and The Fairy Queen, and this past summer, the title role of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Last year, she performed with American Opera Theater as Second Woman/Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas and as Senator Ben Cardin in Melissa Dunphy’s The Gonzales Cantata, for which her performance “proved especially vivid” (Baltimore Sun). She appeared again with American Opera Theater and Peabody Opera as Cleopatra in their production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Ms. Bosworth studies with soprano Ah Young Hong and is a recipient of the George Woodhead Scholarship.

Janna Critz, mezzo-soprano
Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Janna Elesia Critz developed a love for music and singing at a very young age. Upon graduating High School, she studied at Central Piedmont Community College where she received her associate degree in arts. She went on to study Vocal Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. There she was a featured soloist in G. F. Handel’s Messiah, J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Joseph Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and more.

She is currently pursuing a double master’s degree in vocal performance and early music from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she currently studies with Professor William Sharp. In October, she performed in a small concert series in Cumberland, Maryland known as Mountainside Baroque, under the direction of Lyle Nordstrom. Ms. Critz has also performed with the Peabody Opera Theater including their opera scenes production, as well as their November performance of Rake’s Progress by Stravinsky at the Baltimore Lyric Opera.

She will be performing this upcoming spring in G. F. Handel’s Guilio Cesare with the Theater Project in Baltimore, under the direction of Adam Pearl. Janna is also an alto in the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and is currently employed by St. David’s Episcopal Church.

Tyler Lee, tenor
Tenor Tyler Lee has loved music and performing since early childhood. At age 6, he wrote and voiced the 50th episode of Cartoon Network’s “Dexter’s Laboratory” and guest starred on the “Tonight Show.” At age 8, he co-starred on Disney’s “Out of the Box.”

Mr. Lee’s first year at the Peabody Conservatory had him playing the Mosquito in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen and Linfea in Cavalli’s La Calisto. Both roles were praised and received positive reviews. In his second year, he played Plaisir in Jean-Philippe Rameau's Adonis and Eric in the premier performance of Jon Carter’s Missed Connections. Recently, Mr. Lee played Rinnuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. He has participated in the New York Opera Studio with Nico Castel and the Spoleto Arts Symposium. Mr. Lee has studied with Nico Castel and Sharon Sweet and he is currently studying with Steven Rainbolt.

David Williams, baritone
David Williams is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School. Since graduation, he has made professional debuts at the North Carolina Opera, Central City Opera and Komische Oper Berlin. In addition to his professional credits, Mr. Williams has performed numerous roles with Aspen Opera Theater Center, JuilliArd415, Juilliard Opera Theater and Opera UCLA, where he received his undergraduate degree.

Among these roles are Marcello in La Boheme, Escamillo in Carmen, The Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles, Peter in Hansel and Gretel, Le Directeur in Les Mamelles de Tiresias and many others. Also an avid concert singer, Mr. Williams has performed as a soloist with such groups as the Brooklyn Art Song Series, the Kuwait Singers, Juilliard Dance Theater, the Pontnewydd Male Voice Choir, the Welsh Choir of Southern California, MGV Harmonie and others. David has won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Palm Springs Opera Guild, the Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Los Angeles Opera Buffs.

COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS
BSO Classical Concert: Voices of Light – The Passion of Joan of Arc
Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8 p.m. – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 8 p.m. – Music Center at Strathmore
Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 3 p.m. – JMSH

Marin Alsop, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Tom Hall, director
Julie Bosworth, soprano
Janna Critz, mezzo-soprano
Tyler Lee, tenor
David Williams, baritone

Richard Einhorn: Voices of Light

Tickets range from $28 to $88 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

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