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EXO partnered with Artefact Ensemble and Met LiveArts to present a once-in-a-lifetime concert at the Temple of Dendur

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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

Vater Unser

Eric Brenner, soprano

The Deer’s Cry

Silouan’s Song

Salve Regina 


O Holy Father Nicholas – World Premiere

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten 

Da Pacem

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Additional support

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.

Permission to use this photograph of Julia Perry is granted by Talbott Music Library Special Collections and Westminster Choir College Archives (Julia Perry Collection), Rider University. Digital image, copyright 2021.

Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring gets the rock-concert treatment, courtesy of the Experiential Orchestra. Led by conductor James Blachly, the group takes an unconventional approach to classical music: Think spontaneous swaying, dancing and general revelry—or wherever the music leads you. Stravinsky's seminal work, which caused riots at its premiere 103 years ago, makes a fitting catalyst.