Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:00pm

Icon Festival Concert

Saturday, November 15, 8:00pm, Basilica Church

7:00pm pre-concert talk by The Very Rev. Abbott John Magramm in Teresa of Calcutta Hall

The Cathedral Choir of The Basilica of Saint Mary will join forces with members of the MEOCCA (Minnesota Eastern Orthodox Christian Clergy Association) to perform Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. Sara Ann Pogorely and Teri Larson, conductors. The concert is free and open to all.
 
In the years leading up to and during the First World War, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) composed several important choral works. The All-Night Vigil (Op. 37), first performed in 1915, is the most famous of these. It provides a musical setting for the Russian Orthodox church service known as All-Night Vigil, which combines Vespers and Matins. Like many church services, the Vigil involves both fixed parts that make up the outline of the service, and variable parts that reflect the day of the week, the Church season, and any special or festal occasion. Rachmaninoff’s music pertains almost exclusively to the fixed parts. He also used mostly traditional chants instead of composing original ones. But his musical interpretation of the liturgical text and traditional chants has captivated audiences ever since its highly successful debut a hundred years ago.