Christ is Risen!
“Rachmaninoff Concerto for Choir
Guest Director Ivan Moody adds Rachmaninoff’s Concerto for Choir to the program From Darkness to Light.
“Rachmaninoff’s wonderful choir concerto is the perfect work to anchor this program. His music was both a culmination of a great tradition and a starting point for so much of what followed in Russia. In many ways it is, like his famous ‘Vespers’, the starting point for the contemporary Slavic works in this concert. In addition, the music is absolutely sublime!” —Ivan Moody” ( from website)
Alfred Schnittke’s Verses of Repentance (Stikhi Pokayanniye) in “From Darkness to Light” is a musical tour-de-force, surpassing in virtuosity Schnittke’s more widely known Concerto for Choir. Rich harmonies and exuberant melodies deliver these poignant words with tender to fervent emotion, as music gives way to an ineffable, final movement sung without words.
Ivan Moody Conducts
Cappella Romana favorite Ivan Moody will conduct, completing this intense program with the rarely performed Choir Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Diptych by Ukrainian composer Galina Grigorjeva, and his own work Anastasis on Eastertide texts in Greek and English.
Rev. Dr. Ivan Moody is one of the world’s leading scholars on Russian composer Alfred Schnittke and is the author of the article on Schnittke in the New Grove Dictionary of Music. He also serves as president of the International Society of Orthodox Church Music.
Ivan Moody directed Cappella Romana’s recent recording of Finnish Orthodox music (Arctic Light, 2014) and has been a regular guest director of Cappella Romana. His largest composition, The Akáthistos Hymn, was written for Cappella Romana and also released on CD.
Friday, 15 May 2015, 8:00pm
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