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Orthodox Composer John Tavner's Music Featured at Holy Trinity Cathedral on April 3

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Mar 23, 1999

Cathedral's Dean of Music Dino Anagnost conducts a concert of sacred music by the internationally acclaimed composer.

The highly regarded composer John Tavener joins Dino Anagnost for an evening of his music composed for the Orthodox Church, at the landmark Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, located at 319 East 74th Street in Manhattan, on Saturday, April 3 at 7:00pm. The concert A Musical Ikon - John Tavener, takes place under the high patronage of His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon and is presented by the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce.

John Tavener is profoundly influenced by the culture of Greece and the tradition of the Orthodox Church, of which he is a devout member. No other living composer has written such an extensive range of sacred music. At the concert he will present a commentary on his music and the inspiration offered him by the beliefs of the Orthodox Church. Renowned actress Mia Farrow will participate in this special concert as guest narrator.

Concert highlights include the United States premiere of The Repentant Thief and In the Month of Athyr, the New York premiere of Svyati performed by cellist Borislav Strulev, and one of Tavener's best known choral works, Song for Athene, which was critically acclaimed at the Westminster Abbey funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales. Maestro Dino Anagnost will conduct The Little Orchestra Society and the Orpheon Chorale in this extraordinary concert, which also features The Lamb and The Tiger, with text by William Blake, and The Uncreated Eros.

Maestro Anagnost stated "I am delighted to be part of this unique event and to be able to honor such an important contemporary composer. I have long admired John Tavener's exquisite work and because of its religious inspiration, it is especially meaningful to perform it at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Throughout Europe audiences have had the opportunity to hear Tavener's music and it's time that American audiences are given a chance to appreciate his gifts."

Concert tickets for A Musical Ikon - John Tavener are $30, $50, $75 and $150. Patron tickets are $500, which includes prime concert seating and an invitation to a gala champagne reception in the Cathedral Ballroom following the concert, with an opportunity to meet John Tavener, Dino Anagnost and guest artists. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai and The Little Orchestra Society's Chance for Children program.

All tickets may be ordered by telephone and charged on Visa, MasterCard or American Express by calling 212/971-9500 Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets may also be obtained by mailing a check (plus $5:00 shipping and handling) made payable to "Little Orchestra Society/Tavener Concert" to The Little Orchestra Society at 330 West 42nd Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10036-6902.

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