Composer Ivan Moody To Speak at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

April 9, 2010

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/OCA] — The eminent composer and Orthodox priest Ivan Moody will present a free public lecture at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 7:30 P.M.

Father Ivan, a priest of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and Chairman of the International Society for Orthodox Music, studied music and theology at the Universities of London, Joensuu, and York. His music has been performed and broadcast all over the world and recorded on labels such as Hyperion, ECM, Telarc, Warner Classics, and Sony. His largest works to date are Passion and Resurrection (1992) and the Akathistos Hymn (1999). Recent works include Ravenna Sanctus, written for Chanticleer (2006); Stabat Mater (2008) for choir and string quartet, commissioned by the Oslo International Festival of Church and Music; and Moons and Suns (2008), commissioned by Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. Current commissions include works for the King’s Singers, Seattle Pro Musica, and the English Chamber Choir.

As a conductor he works regularly with choirs and ensembles in both Europe and America; as a musicologist, he has published extensively on early and contemporary music in a variety of well known journals. He is a contributor to the revised edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, and is currently a Research Fellow at CESEM — Universidade Nova, Lisbon, Portugal.

Father Ivan will be in New York City for the premiere of his new piano quintet, “Nocturne of Light,” to be performed by Paul Barnes and the Chiara Quartet on Monday, April 26 at 7:30 PM at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95 Street. For more information about the premiere, call 212-864-1414 or visit www.symphonyspace.org.

For driving directions to the seminary, visit http://www.svots.edu/travel-directions/. For more information, contact events@svots.edu or call 914-961-8313 EXT 351.

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