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Photo: courtesy Bach Festival Society Richard Einhorn at a rehearsal for the ‘Voices of Light’ premiere, 1994.
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Gladdening Light and Bach Festival Society -Voices of Light


For 600 years, Joan of Arc has been a symbol of tenacity. Her steadfast belief in her visions led the illiterate 19-year-old farmgirl to become the head of an army, and her resolve was strong even as she was burned at the stake for heresy. This weekend, a fusion of film and music dedicated to  Joan of Arc comes to Winter Park, when GladdeningLight and the Bach Festival Society present Voices of Light Nov. 18-19 featuring 110 singers, a chamber orchestra, and a movie screen wrapping all the way around the chancel in Knowles Memorial Chapel. GladdeningLight director Randall Robertson says, “I feel like Joan is a model for the 21st century. People of all ages should look to her …
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“Without new music, there is no music.” That simple maxim is the unofficial motto of Orlando’s Accidental Music Festival, and it’s a viewpoint that’s shared by a new tribe of classical music fans. The idea of the classical listener as an elderly gray hair is an outdated one; festivals around the country like Big Ears and Bang on a Can draw mostly young crowds. And they showcase mostly young performers playing works by living composers. Locally, our classical offerings are steadily approaching the vanguard. This month marks the debut of Eric Jacobsen, the Orlando Philharmonic’s new music director, just 33 years old, and his first official concert included a piece by composer Gabriel Kahane, himself just 34. In 2012, the …
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