October 24th, 2015 7:30-9:00 pm
Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
1545 Tremont St, Boston

Mission Church

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff's choral masterpiece, The All-Night Vigil. In commemoration, Ballets Russes Arts Initiative presents a special performance of this enthralling and influential achievement of modern sacred music interpreted by the choir of Trinity Church of Boston. The performance will also include pieces by two earlier composers, Dmytro Bortnyansky and Piotr Tchaikovsky.

Prior to the performance, at 6:30 pm, BRAI Executive Director Anna Winestein will give a free talk in the Parish Hall of Mission Church about the Vigil, the history of secular Russian composers creating sacred music, and Rachmaninoff's legacy in the US. Download the event poster here.

The 90-minute concert takes place at the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Mission Church, home to a 19th century copy of a 15th century Byzantine icon in Rome whose custodians are the Redemptorist order. In Eastern Orthodox iconography, its imagery is known as the Virgin of the Passion or Theotokos of the Passion.

Composed in Janury 1915, and often referred to as the Vespers, the All-Night Vigil features richly layered settings of traditional melodies, and the composer's own 'conscious counterfeits' of historic chants from the Russian Orthodox liturgy.

Trinity Choir
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All-Night Vigil Poster

Rachmaninoff in 1900

Rachmaninoff in 1900

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