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Vespers in Park Slope

posted Oct 18, 2015, 4:33 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Oct 18, 2015, 4:34 PM ]
Next Sunday, October 25, at 3:00
PM, Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope presents as part of its Concerts on the Slope series: Vespers: an Interactive Ecumenical Recital Based on the Ancient Monastic Tradition. A colleague of mine whom I have performed with many times, tenor/pianist Gus Chrysson, and bass-baritone Davone Tines created this modern realization of the ancient office of vespers, adapted for concert presentation. The blending of diverse liturgical traditions, from Bach oratorio and Byzantine chant to American spirituals will illuminate common threads among Western music.

Latin for “evening”, vespers is one part of the Liturgy of the Hours; the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer to fulfill Jesus' command to "pray always" (
Luke 18:1). Vespers gives thanks for the day just past.

Concerts on the Slope provides accomplished young performers in New York City something that can be difficult to come by: performance opportunities. And audiences can escape their busy lives, sit outside and enjoy the peacefulness of the courtyard, and then come inside to enjoy some world class chamber music, featuring some of the most exciting young musicians today. Its artistic director, cellist Benjamin Larsen, is an avid chamber musician, and has performed with many diverse ensembles. You may have heard him play here at Immaculate Heart of Mary last January for #young@heart.