Saturday, October 23, 2010

November 7th: "THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC" at St. Louis Cathedral

I saw this incredible film in San Francisco over a decade ago, accompanied by live choral and orchestral music by composer Richard Einhorn (VOICES OF LIGHT) with Dreyer's film projected on a huge screen behind the musicians. When I started the Joan of Arc Project, I wondered if it would be possible to do something similar here in NOLA with our own Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra..I envisioned the film being shown outdoors on the riverfront on an enormous screen with LPO accompanying it and a choral group (maybe ArtSpot Productions, who produced "Joan of Arc and her Voices" in 2004)...but until that day arrives--with enough funding to pull it off successfully--...we're soooo fortunate that the film and live accompaniment is coming here--NEXT MONTH--to the French Quarter!!! And it's FREE!

Special thanks to Joan of Arts Fete performer and panelist Thais St. Julien of Musica da Camera ( who told us about this amazing performance at St. Louis Cathedral (where stands a Joan of Arc statue!).
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Paul Goussot will perform an improvised organ accompaniment for the landmark silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc on Sunday, November 7, at 6 :00 p.m. with a free viewing.

For his St. Louis Cathedral performance on Sunday, November 7, at 6;00 p.m., Mr. Goussot will present an improvised accompanimnet for the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. It was produced in France in 1928 by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. Based upon transcripts of the trial of Joan of Arc, it depicts her trial, imprisonment, torture, and eventual execution. Starring Renee Jeanne Falconetti, it is hailed as a landmark in the annals of cinematic history. The legacy of Dreyer's film is without equal. It has been ranked 26th by Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances for All Time, the highest for a silent film.

Paul Goussot was named in 2009, upon the establishment of a joint program of the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France in New Orleans and the Paris Conservatory, the Cathedral's first Young Artist in Residence. Born in 1984, he is the Titular Organist of the historic Dom Bedos Organ (built in 1748) of the Abbye of Ste-Croix in Bordeaux. AT the age of 16, he was acepted unanimously into the Paris Conservatory. Over the past few months, he has appeared at the International Organ Festivals in Magadino (Switzerland) and Monaco. Recently he was featured with Olivier Latry in the concluding concert of the series "The Art of Improvisation" at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

He is frequently engaged to improvise accompaniments for silent movies, particularly Carl Dreyer's 1828 La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc.