South Canaan, PA—The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, an acclaimed professional vocal ensemble under the auspices of America’s oldest Orthodox monastery, will perform Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, Op. 43 on Sunday, May 27th, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the festivities of St. Tikhon’s Monastery’s 114th Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage, and it will be held in the visually rich and acoustically stunning atmosphere of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in 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 up 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 night’s performance. “For spiritual depth and sheer sonic beauty, I can’t think of its equal,” continues Sheehan, “and I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to the bring this music to audiences in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.”
St. 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. Russian Orthodox choral music continues to rise in popularity with concertgoers today. St. Tikhon’s Chamber Choir offers a unique perspective on the genre through its connection with the spiritual life of St. Tikhon’s Monastery and the 1000-year-old unbroken tradition of Russian Orthodox liturgical worship.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit stspress.com or contact St. Tikhon’s Bookstore at 888-454-6678.