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Great Choir: A Choral Concert Series
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Vigilia (All Night Vigil)
The Cathedral Choir
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30PM

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St
New York, NY 10025

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SOLOISTS Sara Murphy, alto Marc Day, tenor Matt Boehler, bass This transcendent and unique setting of the Finnish Orthodox service was premiered at the Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki in 1971, yet it has never been performed in it’s complete concert version of both Matins and Vespers in the United States. We are proud to collaborate with the composer and the Erkko Foundation in presenting the US premiere of this stunning work for a cappella choir and soloists. The inspiration for this music was a “vision-inducing childhood visit to the island monastery of Valamo in the middle of Lake Ladoga just before the Winter War in 1939…black-bearded monks in their robes, the high vaulted churches, and the saints, kings and angels in the icons....dazzled my ten-year-old mind…”