Sunday, November 13, 2022 will mark the 10th anniversary of the election of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America. That morning, His Beatitude will preside at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Church with the concelebration of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America.
To mark the anniversary, a special world premiere concert event by the Saint Tikhon Choir is being held in honor of Metropolitan Tikhon at 7:30 PM on November 12, 2022 at the Saint Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA. During the performance, conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan will be debuting a new piece composed in honor of His Beatitude.
The concert will also feature solos by some of the country’s leading vocal artists, including celebrated American basso profundo Glenn Miller, who will perform “The Song of Simeon”, composed by Sheehan especially for him. The movement boasts some of the lowest notes ever written for a soloist.
Recorded at Saint Stephen’s during the summer of 2021, Benedict Sheehan’s Vespers returns to the place where this “tapestry of sound that is nothing short of transcendent” (ConcertoNet) first found realization. Inspired by Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, Sheehan’s unique musical and linguistic expression expands the genre. He adorns full-length Psalms and hymns with a deep understanding of beauty, faith, and humanity.
For tickets and information, visit https://vespersdebut.bpt.me/.