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Celebrating Arvo Pärt

Nov 01 | Mon |
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The Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the setting for Celebrating Arvo Pärt, a career retrospective of work by the revered Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, highlighted by the haunting world-premiere of Pärt's O Holy Father Nicholas. Two performances of this program will take place at The Met: Sunday, October 31 at 3:00pm and Monday, November 1 at 7:00pm.

O Holy Father Nicholas celebrates the reopening of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on September 11, 2001. A selection of masterpieces from the composer’s seven-decade career will be performed by The Schola Cantorum Choir and The Artefact Ensemble, under the direction of Grammy-nominated choral conductor Benedict Sheehan. Solo performers from Experiential Orchestra will be conducted by Grammy Award-winner James Blachly. Further distinguishing this memorable program, the design and execution for the concert invitation was commissioned by the distinguished American artist Raymond Pettibon. Pettibon's connection with Pärt is one of birthright: like the great composer, the visual artist's mother share an Estonian heritage.

Celebrating Arvo Pärt is curated by Nektarios S. Antoniou and The Schola Cantorum, under the auspices of Greece in USA and the Greek Ministry of Culture. These performances are part of an ongoing series of programming curated by Mr. Antoniou and produced by Greece in USA that focuses on Greek-influenced music and architecture, including the No5 Festival and the forthcoming conference, Temples in the Shape of the Sky. "The impact of Arvo Pärt's compositions in the field of contemporary music cannot be overstated," says Mr. Antoniou. "I am deeply proud to be able to curate highlights from the maestro's career in a setting that befits the grandeur and import of his work."

Venue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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