This very special screening of the documentary Shining Night, A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen showcases the life and music of a San Juan Island resident who is considered one of the greatest living composers. And making the evening even more special, members of the Northwest Repertory Singers will be on stage to share some of Morten’s compelling choral compositions.
The composer, who recently moved to San Juan Island after living on Waldron Island for years, is America’s most frequently performed choral composer and a National Medal of Arts recipient. Musicologist Nick Strimple describes him as “the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic.”Shining Night , a film by Michael Stillwater, explores the relationship of art, nature and spirituality, revealing the composer through the lenses of his love for silence and solitude with his passion for music and literature. Islanders who attended last fall’s Friday Harbor Film Festival will remember that the film received the coveted “Audience Favorite” award.