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Heaven and Earth: Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek and Slavic Eastern Orthodox Christian Traditions

May 1, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Spirit and Sound: A Concert Series presents:
Heaven and Earth: Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek and Slavic Eastern Orthodox Christian Traditions

Featuring performances by:
Noted chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Flushing, NY
St. Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale, under the direction of Robin Freeman

Followed by a panel discussion with:
Dr. Spyridon Antonopoulos, City University London
Dr. Peter Bouteneff, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
Dr. Nina Glibetic, Yale Institute of Sacred Music
V. Revd. Dr. John A. McGuckin, Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary

Hosted and curated by:
Lisa Radakovich HolsbergOrthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University

Columbia University’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life presents Sound and Spirit: A Concert Series, four musical events throughout the 2013-14 academic year from different religious and cultural traditions, which broadly looks at how religion, faith, identity, community, and the political intermingle in the musical expressions of faith. Two concerts were presented in the fall: the first on the African-American Ring Shout, the second on Middle Eastern Religious music of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian traditions. This spring, Sound and Spirit will present an event on the Bhakti musical tradition in Hinduism, and an evening of Eastern Orthodox Christian music.

On May 1, the IRCPL will present Heaven and Earth, featuring noted chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis of St. Nicholas Greek Shrine Church, Flushing, New York and singers from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, located in Crestwood, New York. Liturgical music from Byzantine Greek and Slavic traditions will be presented along with a panel discussion on the spiritual, devotional, and musical dimensions of this music both for the musician and the listener. Special attention will be paid to issues of how Orthodox Christian liturgical music serves as a medium of spiritual and community formation, is a vital part of Orthodox faith identity and practice, and the intricate ways in which music functions within Orthodox liturgies.

This event is now sold out.  If you have already reserved a ticket, please be sure to arrive early and to be seated by 7:20pm.  Unclaimed seats will be given away to those on the waitlist at 7:25pm.

All reservations are for open seating.  For questions about accessible seating reservations, please email info@ircpl.org.

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.  Co-sponsored by the Glicker-Milstein Theatre.  Presented in association with the Axion Estin Foundation and St. Vladimir’s Seminary.


May 1, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Glicker Milstein Theatre
3009 Broadway
New York, 10027 United States
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