Sacred Orthodox Music Concerts in New York and Washington DC


The Patriarch Tikhon Choir, a unique choral ensemble made up of professional singers from Russia and North America, under the direction of renowned Moscow conductor Vladimir Gorbik, will perform a premiere concert of Orthodox sacred choral works entitled "Their Sound Hath Gone Forth," Monday, September 16, 2013, at St. Malachy's Roman Catholic Church: The Actor's Chapel, 239 West 49th St., The Actor's Chapel, in New York City, at 7:30pm. Tickets (General: $35, Students: $15) can be purchased in advance and at the door.

The program includes works from the Orthodox All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy ranging from austere, centuries-old Znamenny Chants to sumptuous polyphonic works by such Russian masters as Dmitry Bortniansky, Alexander Kastalsky, Pavel Chesnokov, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Sergius Trubachev. Also featured on the program are compositions and arrangements by contemporary American Orthodox composers; several will be concert premieres. In keeping with the choir's multi-cultural approach, the program will be sung in both Church Slavonic and in English.

Other concerts will follow:

• Monday, September 16, 2013, 7:30pm at St. Malachy's - The Actors' Chapel, 239 West 49th St., New York City

• Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 7:00pm at First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, 159 North Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA

• Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 8:00pm at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill, 313 2nd St. SE, Washington, D.C.

The recently formed Patriarch Tikhon Choir is a 35-voice mixed choir that brings together, for the first time, professional vocalists and choral musicians from the United States, Canada, and Russia. The singers, who, in addition to performing on the concert stage, routinely sing Orthodox liturgical services, impart an essential spiritual element to their interpretation of Orthodox sacred music.

The conductor, Vladimir Gorbik, is one the most prominent church musicians in Russia today. Since 1996 he has served as the choir director at the Moscow Representation Church (Metochion) of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery. He has made more than a dozen outstanding recordings of sacred music, embodying the finest repertoire and interpretive traditions of the Moscow School and the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery. Critics have hailed Vladimir Gorbik's "consummate choral artistry"--a depth of expression and subtlety seldom encountered in modern-day recordings of Russian sacred music. Since the spring of 2012, Vladimir Gorbik has taught three highly successful master classes in the New York, Pennsylvania, and California, on the topic of "Interpreting Orthodox Sacred Choral Music," the first in a series of educational initiatives aimed at positively impacting the cultivation and practice of Orthodox liturgical choral singing in North America.