Chamber Music Concert Series opens with first ever multimedia event

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The Union College Concert Series kicks off its 2015-16 season with a special multimedia event with the Orlando Consort on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The renowned British vocal group will provide a live soundtrack of 15thCentury music alongside a screening of Carl Dreyer’s classic 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc.

The Passion of Joan of Arc portrays the trial and execution of a teenaged Joan of Arc. The film faced initial controversy as French nationalists objected to the idea of a French historical icon being portrayed by a director who was neither French nor Catholic. Dreyer’s film became renowned for its unique cinematography and Renée Jeanne Falconetti’s devotion to her role as Joan of Arc.

Formed in 1988 by the Early Music Network of Great Britain, the Orlando Consort rapidly achieved a reputation as one of Europe’s most expert groups performing repertoire from the years 1050 to 1550. The Consort has performed at many of Britain’s top festivals (including the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival) and has in recent years made visits to France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy and many more. The group currently holds a residency at Nottingham University and recent concert highlights include their debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Individual tickets are $25 or $10 for students. Subscription packages offer significant savings. For information, call (518) 388-6080 or visit