THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Silent, 1928) w/Live music
Premiere of new score by Internationally acclaimed composer Gene Pritsker.
Music to be performed by Gene Pritsker and Rocco Anthony Jerry.
On virtually every critics “Top 100” list, director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s (Vampyr) classic of the silent age tells the story of the famously martyred 15th-century teenage warrior. On trial for claiming she’d spoken to God, Jeanne d’Arc (Renee Falconetti) is subjected to inhumane treatment and scare tactics at the hands of church court officials. Initially bullied into changing her story, Jeanne ultimately fights for her truth. Not rated. 82 minutes.
“You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face
of Renée Jeanne Falconetti… to see Falconetti is to look into eyes
that will never leave you.” – Roger Ebert
Gene Pritsker is an Internationally acclaimed composer and performer specializing in works for orchestra and custom electronics, the latter of which he has cleverly referred to as both “Samplestra” and “Di. J.” Tonight’s performance will feature Pritsker’s “Samplestra/Di. J.” in collaboration with noted accordionist, Rocco Anthony Jerry.
Gene Pritsker has written over six hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the Brooklyn, Shanghai and Berlin Philharmonics. He worked closely with jazz legend Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, including Cloud Atlas.
…much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change.” – All About Jazz
…audacious…multitalented.” – The New York Times
dissolv[ing] the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and
elevates the idea that if it’s done well it is great music regardless of the style or genre”. – The Music Connoisseur
Rocco Anthony Jerry specializes in contemporary classical music for accordion. He has premiered works by a Who’s Who of modern classical composers, including Daniel Goode, Peter Machajdik, Arthur B. Rubinstein, Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred and Christian Wolff. He studied with Paul Bertolozzi, Carmen Carrozza, and Carmelo Pino, and has taken masterclasses with William Schimmel.
Saturday, May 25 at 7pm
All tickets: $12
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