FRIDAY HARBOR, WA –Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen returns to the Friday Harbor Film Festival. It was awarded the Friday Harbor Film Festival Favourite Award of 2013! The Festival will no longer be showing the film, It Was Like The Wind Was Throwin’ Stars At Us, due to post production issues.
Show times for Shining Night: Friday, November 4th at 10am at the Whittier and Sunday, November 6 at 1pm at the Gubelman
This fascinating film offers a glimpse into the life and music of the artist considered to be one of the greatest living choral composers and certainly one of the most frequently performed. Lauridsen is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and was also named an American Choral Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. The film features intimate interviews with him in California, Scotland and Waldron Island (in the San Juans), interwoven with performances of his masterworks in America and Scotland and commentaries by music contemporaries. It gives the viewer a rare opportunity to spend a little time with this extraordinary man, who has derived his inspiration from the natural world. As Lauridsen has observed, “You can hear that its serenity, calmness and beauty have crept into my music.” “Life is a mystery. There is something bigger than us out there. And how do we tap into that? You go down deep.”
Lauridsen currently lives on San Juan Island. Prior to moving here, he spent many summers on Waldron, which is where he composed what Brett Campbell (who writes about music for The Wall Street Journal, Willamette Week, Oregon Arts Watch, San Francisco Classical Voice and many other publications) has characterized as “some of the most poignant choral music of the last century.”
Shining Night, which was directed by Michael Stillwater, weaves interviews with both live and recorded performances by a variety of choral groups (including Volti, Polyphony, the Dale Warland Singers, and the San Francisco Choral Society). This our Official Opening Night Selection, the San Juan Singers will sing his piece Shining Night accompanied by Morton himself on the piano.
Throughout the weekend of November 4–5-6, the Friday Harbor Film Festival will feature quality documentaries and docu-dramas that highlight compelling stories about humanitarian efforts, environmental issues, social concerns and daring explorations. Each film will be followed by lively discussion with the filmmaker or a local expert. For additional information on this year’s featured films and special events, visit the Festival’s website, www.fhff.org. And for information on how to get to San Juan Island or where to stay, go to www.visitsanjuans.com.