Notes on the Film


COMPOSED BY JON DEAK FOR THIS FILM’S END CREDITS, PERFORMED BY LISA EMENHEISER

This project marks the realization of our long-held dream to film Jon Deak’s extraordinary, Dickensian vision, The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol. To fully experience this work, you have to actually “be there,” and in fact it’s this human connectedness that comprises the core value of the composer’s “performance art.” Nevertheless, in the hands of a skilled filmmaker, more than mere documentation becomes possible, and on that principle we invited H. Paul Moon to freely wield his cameras during our rehearsals and performance of Scrooge at its 20th anniversary run. We so appreciate his generosity and ingenuity in carrying out this challenging project. And to provide the proper atmosphere, we are performing and filming in the marvelous spaces of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. We are deeply grateful to the Church, Library and staff for their support and cooperation throughout.

— Christopher Kendall, Founding Artistic Director and Conductor, 21st Century Consort