The Chamber Choir of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, an acclaimed professional vocal ensemble under the auspices of North America’s oldest Orthodox monastery, will perform Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, Op. 43, on Sunday, May 27, 2018, in conjunction with the 114th Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage to the monastery. The concert will be performed in the visually rich and acoustically stunning atmosphere of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Acknowledged almost immediately as a masterwork since its premiere in 1915, Rachmaninov’s beloved setting of the Ordinary Hymns of the Orthodox Vespers and Matins services continues to enjoy immense popularity to the present day.
“It is arguably the single most popular work of sacred choral music in the world today, and justifiably so,” says Benedict Sheehan, Artistic Director of the Monastery Chamber Choir, who will be conducting the performance. “For spiritual depth and sheer sonic beauty, I can’t think of its equal and I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to the bring this music to audiences in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.”
Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Chamber Choir is made up of some of the finest singers in the New York area and around North America, and its annual Memorial Day weekend concert is fast coming to be recognized as a highlight of the artistic season in the region. The Chamber Choir offers a unique perspective on the genre through its connection with the spiritual life of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery and the 1000-year-old unbroken tradition of Russian Orthodox liturgical worship.
Additional information and tickets are available online or by contacting Saint Tikhon’s Bookstore at 888-454-6678.