Well over 300 people attended this concert of both liturgical music and other music arising out of the Orthodox ethos and experience composed for concert performance, all from the hand of Benedict Sheehan! Benedict directed the St. Tikhon's Monastery Chamber Choir, a group of professional singers both in and beyond the Orthodox Church, as they sang selections from both types of compositions.
Among those attending the concert were His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of our Orthodox Church in America, His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary, and His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan of the Eastern Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. With them were Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, Archimandrite Sergius, Igumen of the Monastery of St. Tikhon's, and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary.
The St. Tikhon's community is most grateful for the warm hopsitality offered by Fr. Richard D. Baker and the Church of St. John Nepomucene Church in New York City. Fr. Baker hosted a reception for benefactors in his rectory before the concert, and then a reception was held in their hall for all those attending the concert. He was presented with an Icon of Christ our Lord at the end of the concert in recognition of all his contributions toward this wonderful concert.
Benedict Sheehan currently serves as the Director of the St. Tikhon's Monastery Choir, and both teaches liturgical music and leads our seminary choirs, including the Mission Choir that regularly visits parishes during the academic year. When we reference the synergy between St. Tikhon's Monastey and Seminary, Benedict himself actively reflects this synergy.
St. Tikhon's is grateful for the many sponsors that made this program possible, and for the work of our new Director of Mission Advancement, Seraphim Danckaert, who put the concert plans together and sought the participation of our benefactors. Thank you also to the St. Tikhon's Bookstore Manager, Innocent Neal, who handled ticket sales and assisted with video and photographic coverage of the concert. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the seminary.
Compact Discs of the Monastery Chamber Choir singing many of the hymns shared live at this concert are available from the Monastery Bookstore. You can click here to connect with the Bookstore website.
Thank you to the singers of the Monastery Chamber Choir who brought these compositions to life for all those attending this evening's concert, and Benedict for his work to elevate Orthodox liturgical music here in North America!