About the project
We were invited to perform on the Met Live Arts series with Artefact Ensemble in a concert of Arvo Pärt’s music that featured a world premiere of his “O Holy Father Nicholas.” In a program curated by EXO’s James Blachly, the concert involved artistic consultation with the Arvo Pärt Centre, Michael Pärt, and Peter Bouteneff. Performing at the Temple of Dendur in a concert structured in complete silence was a profoundly moving experience for us all.
From the MET Website:
The Temple of Dendur is the setting for the haunting world-premiere of O Holy Father Nicholas, commissioned by Nektarios S. Antoniou for The Schola Cantorum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Created by the revered Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, it celebrates the rededication of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the National Shrine at Ground Zero. Masterpieces from the composer’s seven-decade career are performed by the Artefact Ensemble, under the direction of Grammy-nominated choral conductor Benedict Sheehan. Soloists from Experiential Orchestra are conducted by Grammy Award-winning James Blachly.”
Michelle Ross, violin
Eric Brenner, soprano
The Deer’s Cry
O Holy Father Nicholas – World Premiere
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
The Julia Perry Centenary Celebration & Festival is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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