Sheehan Vespers World Premiere
The Saint Tikhon Choir is pleased to invite you to the world premiere concert of Benedict Sheehans modern masterwork Vespers at 7:30pm on November 12, 2022, at St. Stephens Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan will lead the professional choristers of Saint Tikhons in this unique and powerful musical exploration that has been called luminous and uplifting (Choir & Organ) and a work of unique musical genius (Fanfare Magazine).
This special world premiere concert event is being held in honor of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, who this year celebrates his 10th anniversary as Metropolitan. To mark this historic occasion, Sheehan has composed a piece in honor of His Beatitude, and the work will be unveiled only at this special performance.
The concert will also feature solos by some of the countrys leading vocal artists, including celebrated American basso profundo Glenn Miller, who will perform The Song of Simeon, composed by Sheehan specifically for his unique talents. The movement boasts some of the lowest notes ever written for a soloist.
Recorded at St. Stephens during the summer of 2021, Benedict Sheehans Vespers returns to the place where this tapestry of sound that is nothing short of transcendent (ConcertoNet) first found realization. Inspired by Rachmaninoffs All-Night Vigil, Sheehans unique musical and linguistic expression expands the genre. He adorns full-length Psalms and hymns with a deep understanding of beauty, faith, and humanity.
Two-time GRAMMY® nominee and American Prize-winner Benedict Sheehan has been called a choral conductor and composer to watch in the 21st century (ConcertoNet) and a remarkable musician (Choral Journal). He is Artistic Director and Founder of the Saint Tikhon Choir and Artefact Ensemble, and Director of Music at St. Tikhons Monastery and Seminary in Pennsylvania. His works are published by Oxford University Press and others, and his award-winning choral recordings and performances have received widespread critical acclaim. Learn more at www.benedictsheehanmusic.com
The Saint Tikhon Choir
Founded with a mission to foster and build up the American Orthodox choral tradition at the highest artistic level, the twice GRAMMY®-Nominated Saint Tikhon Choir has been steadily breaking new ground since its inception in 2015. Vespers is the fourth recording released by the Saint Tikhon Choir. Past recordings include the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which garnered a GRAMMY® nomination in 2022 for Best Choral Performance, and Kastalskys Requiem for Fallen Brothers, in conjunction with the Kansas City Chorale, The Clarion Choir, the Cathedral Choral Society, soloists Anna Dennis and Joseph Beutel, and the Orchestra of Saint Lukes under the leadership of conductor Leonard Slatkin, which also received a GRAMMY® nomination in 2020 for Best Choral Performance. The Saint Tikhon Choir is the first professional ensemble associated with an Orthodox monastery in America. Learn more at www.sainttikhonchoir.org
St. Stephens Episcopal Pro-Cathedral (View)
35 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
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