PEI’s professional choir Luminos Ensemble, under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Margot Rejskind, returns for their fifth season which includes a live score with silent film event, a concert exploring the works of women composers across history, an all-local concert of music by Atlantic Canadians, and a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.
The season begins with Phantom of The Opera, and will feature the classic 1925 silent film with a new score by Toronto composer Andrew Downing, performed live-to-film by Luminos Ensemble. Director Rupert Julian’s adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra stars Lon Chaney as the hideous Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House. Considered one of the best silent horror films ever made, it remains famous for Chaney’s ghastly, self-created make-up, which is said to have made audience members scream and faint at the premiere. Downing has created a new jazz-inspired score that breathes fresh life into the story, using text from the film itself. This one-of-a-kind event will take place October 23 at Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown.
The season will continue in 2022 at St. Paul’s in Charlottetown with Renaissance Women (February 6), Locavore’s Delight II: The 100-Mile (Choral) Diet (March 27), and Verdi’s Requiem (June 5) to close the season.
Luminos will also join the PEI Symphony Orchestra as the professional core of the choir for their performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on April 24.