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Our purpose Thanks to the generosity of our members and other donors, we have been presenting talented musicians in free public concerts since 1965.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Nathan the Wise: Silent film with live musical accompaniment
128 minutes

This month we present the final performance of our 50th season. It is something a little different and a little special.

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 tolerance.

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 musical score.

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.
Boston Globe
Coolidge Corner Theatre
The Arts Fuse

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Wayland, MA  01778

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