Reeves Helps to Organize Chamber Concert of Pärt’s Music as Part of New York Live Arts festival on April 16, 2015.

Arvo Pärt: Journeys in Silence, is a day-long immersion—through music, lectures and film—into the stillness and depth of Pärt’s powerful music and work, curated by Peter Bouteneff of the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, The New York Times recently said that “No other living composer has so fervent a following or such a diverse group of fans.” Live Ideas’ second day—titled Arvo Pärt: Journeys in Silence—will explore Pärt’s body of work, including austere compositions known to stir immense passions. The day will conclude with a performance of his rarely heard chamber works, expressive of a wide range of his periods and tonalities, yet…

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The “Light of the World” Returns to William Jewell

On March 16th the GKCAGO Schola Cantorum presents “Reconciliation,” a choral program featuring…an extended multi-media work for chorus, organ, and chimes by New York-based composer Nicholas Reeves. Reeves’ The Light of the World is a remarkable work which juxtaposes video testaments of survivors from the Pitești prison in Romania with a musical setting of The Sermon on the Mount. The performance, which will be held at 7:30pm in Gano Chapel on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, will conclude with a Q & A session with the composer, Nicholas Reeves, and conductor Anthony Maglione. Click here to read more.

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Dr. Nicholas Reeves, Lectured at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, Speaking on the Spiritual Foundations of Composer Arvo Pärt’s Music

On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, St. Vladimir's associate professor of Systematic Theology Dr. Peter Bouteneff, and Assistant Professor of Liturgical Music Dr. Nicholas Reeves, lectured at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, speaking on the spiritual foundations of composer Arvo Pärt’s music. The two faculty members have been developing The Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir's Seminary since 2011, in an effort to explore the Orthodox roots of the famed Estonian maestro's music. The seminary's professors were invited to Westminster by senior faculty member Dr. James Jordan, who led the Williamson Voices choir in recording a Grammy-nominated CD, “Annelies.” (The Grammy went instead to the Arvo Pärt CD, "Adam’s Lament.") As his choir is currently…

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Reeves Organizes Sold-Out Concert at Carnegie Hall for the Arvo Pärt Project.

With a sustained standing ovation, a capacity crowd at Isaac Stern Auditorium Carnegie Hall lauded the music and person of Estonian Orthodox Christian composer Arvo Pärt, after a stunning performance of five of his well-known works, Saturday, May 31. The concert was the culmination of three years of planning between the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and Maestro Pärt and his wife, Nora, who were present at the concert. The composer was making his first New York appearance since 1984. Executed with breathtaking beauty by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra were Pärt’s beloved works, “Fratres,” “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten,” “Salve…

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Multimedia Musical Work by Dr. Nicholas Reeves Premieres at William Jewell College

On Sunday February 10 at the John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus of William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, St. Vladimir's Seminary Assistant Professor of Liturgical Music Dr. Nicholas Reeves attended the premier performance of his multimedia musical reflection, “The Light of the World.” The William Jewell College Concert Choir under the direction of Conductor Anthony Maglione presented the performance, which was considered the showcase event for William Jewell's annual Justice Summit hosted each year by the school’s Center for Justice and Sustainability.  Read More…  

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Reeves Conducted His Newly Composed Work, “Jesus Said,” to a Sold Out Audience at the Actors’ Chapel in Manhattan.

The producer of the concert, Dr. Nicholas Reeves, assistant professor of Liturgical Music at the seminary, expressed his profound gratitude to Father Richard Baker, rector of St. Malachy's Chapel (The Actors’ Chapel), and to his parishioners, for their generous “gift of space” for the concert venue. Stunning, exquisite, arresting, brilliant…there are not enough superlative adjectives to describe the performance of sacred music delivered by St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale in the heart of Manhattan this past Monday evening. With artistic execution and prayerful potency, the singers filled the warm and inviting space of St. Malachy's Chapel with a sound fitting for heaven—and needful on earth. Through a multi-media presentation titled “ORIENT: Sacred Song and Image”…

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St. Matthew Passion Premieres in New York

                  Over 1,000 people streamed into the awe-inspiring Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City Monday evening to hear the equally sublime St. Matthew Passion, composed by Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), an episcopal member of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir's Seminary and chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations. The performance—the U.S. English-language premiere of the opus—was hosted by the seminary in cooperation with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and it crowned the four-day visit of His Eminence Hilarion to the metro area.

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Hear Nicholas on Ancient Faith Radio

Listen to a recap about the extraordinary upcoming weekend with our guest Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, recently recorded on Ancient Faith Radio!  Archpriest Chad Hatfield, our chancellor, and Nicholas Reeves, choir director at Holy Trinity Church in East Meadow, NY and producer of the New York City premiere of the St. Matthew Passion, composed by Metropolitan Hilarion speak about: 28th Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture, Saturday, February 5th, 3:30 p.m., St. Vladimir's Seminary Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Book Signing, Sunday, February 6th, 10 a.m., St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 97th Street, New York City St. Matthew Passion, Monday, February 7th, 7:30 p.m., The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 405 West 59th Street, New York City      

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St. Matthew Passion

In 1727, J. S. Bach drew church congregations into the drama of Christ’s suffering and death through his monumental composition, the St. Matthew Passion. Today, Russian Orthodox Christian composer and churchman Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev is offering the post-modern world a corresponding experience with his fresh and original St. Matthew Passion,a profound piece of sacred concert music that combines Gospel narrative with liturgical texts of the Orthodox Church. Go here for more info.      

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