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concerts since 1965.
|Our 50th season!
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Sunday, March 29,
2015 at 7:00 pm
Nathan the Wise:
Silent film with live musical accompaniment
This month we present the final performance of
our 50th season. It is something a little different and a little
In 1922, Manfred Noa, a 27-year-old German-Jewish director, created a
silent film based on Gotthold Lessing's 1779 play Nathan the Wise. The
play, set in Jerusalem during the Crusades, features the wise Jewish
merchant Nathan, the enlightened sultan Saladin, and a mysterious
Knight Templar. I don't want to give away any of the film's suspenseful
plot twists, but its main thrust is a heart-felt call for religious
The church banned the play's performance during Lessing's lifetime. The
Nazis banned Noa's film and destroyed all known copies of the film and
it's musical score. In 1996, a copy of the film was unearthed in a
Moscow archive; it had been filed with the title "The Storming of
Jerusalem". In 2006, the film was restored and tinted. The Goethe
Institute commissioned Boston composer Aaron Trant to create a new
On September 11, 2011, the restored film and its new
music were given a premiere at the Coolidge Corner Theater; the music
was played by Trant and his ensemble The After Trio. Organized by the
Goethe Institut Boston and the National Center for Jewish Film, the
premiere was presented in co-operation with the American Islamic
Congress (AIC), The Center for German and European Studies, the Tauber
Institute for the Study of European Jewry, and the Department of Near
East and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.
Note from Artistic Director Charlie Anderson:
My son Doug and I
attended this 9/11 event, and I found it to be one of the most moving
experiences in my memory. I am very happy that Aaron Trant and his trio
have agreed to come to Wayland with the film to recreate that 2011
premiere. I hope you will be able to join us.
If you'd like to more about Nathan
the Wise, here are some links. Beware: they do contain spoilers.
Here is a link
to a Wikipedia article about the play.
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