Golden Voices of the East

December 10, 2011
Golden Voices of the East
with the Mendelssohn Brass
and Michael Stairs, organ

A Chestnut Hill tradition!  Experience the beauty of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and its exquisite organ, quaint Chestnut Hill shops and restaurants, the sound of regal brass and the voices of Mendelssohn Club.  One of our most popular concerts, celebrate the holidays through timeless music spanning several centuries, traditions, and well-loved traditional carols.  Featuring Golden Voices of the EastRachmaninoff’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

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December 10, 2011 | 5 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
22 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
About this work

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op.31, by Sergei Rachmaninoff is one of his two major unaccompanied choral works . The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is the primary worship service of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Rachmaninoff composed the work in July, 1910 at his summer estate Ivanovka, following his American tour of 1909. Writing to his friend Nikita Morozov, Rachmaninoff said of the work, “I have been thinking about the Liturgy for a long time and for a long time I strove to write it. I started to work on it somehow by chance and then suddenly became fascinated with it. And then I finished it very quickly. Not for a long time have I written anything with such pleasure.” The work premiered November 25, 1910 in Moscow. Russian Orthodox ecclesiastical authorities strongly objected to the work’s “spirit of modernism” and refused to sanction it for use during church services.Rachmaninoff did nothing to promote the work himself, and it soon fell into obscurity.

Other works for this concert will include:
Bortniansky      Cherubic Hymn #7 (Heruvimskaya)
Chesnokov       Salvation is Created (Spaseniye)
Rachmaninoff   All-Night Vigil #6 and  Rejoice, O Virgin (Bogoroditsye)
Leontovich       Shchedrik (Song of Good Cheer)
Arvo Pärt       Bogoroditsye (Mother of God)
Rimsky-Korsakov Slava

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