Sure On This Shining Night
Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen is a feature-length documentary and first episode of the series, In Search of The Great Song,
Shining Night offers a glimpse of the life and music of one of the greatest living composers, Morten Lauridsen, who spends summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest and whom musicologist Nick Strimple distinguishes as 'the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic'.
Since opening in Palm Springs, California on February 7, the film is winner of two Best Documentary awards and an Audience Choice Award in US Film Festival. Now being screened throughout the world, Shining Night was named 'a heartening rarity' by Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal. Directed by Michael Stillwater and co-produced with his wife Doris Laesser Stillwater, it gives audiences a rare encounter with this National Medal of Arts recipient, composer of radiant choral works which inspire humanity and convey a spiritual transmission to singers and audiences alike.
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You may also learn about our film series, In Search of The Great Song, of which Shining Night is the first feature-length episode.
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