Bergenfield, NJ, December 6, 2009 – The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir , under the direction of Maestro Aleksei V. Shipovalnikov, will present A Star Shines in the East: Eastern Orthodox Lessons and Carols for the Christmas Season on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 4:30PM at Saint Anthony Orthodox Church , 385 Ivy Lane, Bergenfield, NJ. The multi-media performance will include scripture readings, traditional American and Slavic Carols and choral gems from the various Orthodox Christian traditions. Works by various Slavic masters, including Bortniansky, Allemanov, Kastalsky and Degtiarev will also be featured accompanied by breathtaking seasonal images from the Holy Land and other Christian sites. A reception to meet the artists will follow. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for children and Senior Citizens.
The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir was formed in 1997 as a missionary and educational group and draws its members from choir directors and singers from Orthodox parishes of various jurisdictions in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The Choir’s music witnesses to the range of the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church and is representative of the major stylistic periods of Russian Church music. In its 12-year existence the choir has established a reputation, both within and outside the Orthodox Church community, for outstanding interpretation of Orthodox liturgical music in the English language, as well as Church Slavonic and other languages. As is the tradition of the Orthodox Church, all music is unaccompanied by instruments.
Aleksei Shipovalnikov, was born in Rostov on the Don, Russia. He is the son of a priest and the great-great-grandson of the last Governor of Colonial Russia (Alaska), Prince Dimitrii Petrovich Maksutov. Educated in Russia, he served as Artistic Director and Manager of the Moscow State University Symphony Orchestra and Academic Choir. He has also conducted in West Germany, and Poland, establishing a reputation for innovative programming in spite of the political risks involved during the Communist period. After moving to the United States in 1990 he served as Choir Director of Christ the Savior Church, San Francisco, and Music Director of Slavyanka Men's Slavic Chorus. He is currently Music Director at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Jersey City, NJ, and Professor of Liturgical Music at St. Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, PA.
For more information about the choir, please see their website: www.spiritoforthodoxy.com .