Rachmaninov's "Vespers"

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Join us for an intimate experience with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus in Symphony Hall – the first time the group is performing a purely choral (a cappella) concert in this venue.

Rachmaninov's "Vespers," written and premiered in 1915, consists of settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox All-night vigil ceremony. It has been praised as Rachmaninov's finest achievement and "the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church." It was one of Rachmaninov's two favorite compositions along with The Bells, and the composer requested that its fifth movement (Nunc Dimittis) be sung at his funeral.

Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie worked closely as a colleague with Robert Shaw on an acclaimed Telarc recording of this work released originally in 1990. And it was also this work that marked Norman Mackenzie's Carnegie Hall debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus in April, 1996, when Robert Shaw fell ill the day of the concert and was unable to conduct it himself.
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By: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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