The Saint Tikhon Choir is pleased to announce the world premiere performance of Benedict Sheehan's modern masterwork Vespers at 4:00 pm on November 13, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pa. Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan will lead the professional choristers of Saint Tikhon's 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).
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. This concert is a production of Great Music Under a Byzantine Dome, in association with the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and the Orthodox Church in America.
The performance will 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.
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. Tikhon's 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 Luke's 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
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