Sounding the Sacred  Music of
Arvo Pärt

Goeyvaerts String Trio+

Andrew Shenton, organ

Yousif Sheronick, percussion

May 3, 2017 • 7pm
Holy Trinity Church
213 w 82 st, New York

open seating $25

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Pärt & Sound Studies

This concert is part of a conference that focuses on the sonic effect of Arvo Pärt's music. Stemming from the conference's theme, these performances aim to focus on how Pärt's music conveys its sacred content.

The concert venue is a stunning Byzantine-revival church renowned for its excellent acoustics and its exquisite Létourneau pipe organ.
Among this concert's unique features will be the Goeyvaerts ensemble's performance of Pärt's "Stabat Mater" in just intonation - which renders acoustically pure intervals, allowing for an experience that may alternately sound utterly serene and oddly dissonant.

This concert, together with the conference, aims to present Pärt's music as it has scarcely been heard before. See repertoire below.
  1. The Goeyvaerts String Trio+
    On a landmark 2014 recording, this Flemish ensemble—a string trio augmented by three voices— performed Pärt's "Stabat Mater" in just intonation, revealing a completely new, yet timeless sound latent within the composition, that "...exposes new colour in the composer's spare score, each note glowing with harmonics and overtones, voices and strings ringing like a struck bell. ...[an] exquisite rethinking" (Gramophone magazine).
  2. Andrew Shenton, organ
    Scholar, conductor, and organist, Shenton holds the Fellowship diploma of the Royal College of Organists. He has toured extensively in Europe and the US as a conductor, recitalist and clinician, and his three solo organ recordings have received international acclaim. He is also editor of The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt, and author of the forthcoming Arvo Part’s Resonant Texts: Choral and Organ Music 1956-2015.
  3. Yousif Sheronick, percussion
    Yousif Sheronick has performed around the globe to critical acclaim, genre hopping with leading artists in the classical, world, jazz and rock music arenas. He has worked with ensembles and composers such as Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Lark Quartet, Ethos Percussion Group, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Fortune, Cindy Blackman Santana, Glen Velez and Paul Winter. Prestigious venue performances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Festival Hall (London) and Wigmore Hall (London).

  • Trivium (for organ)
  • De Profundis (for voices, organ, percussion)
  • Sarah Was 90 Years Old (for voices, organ, percussion)
  • Stabat Mater (for strings, voices)

This program was chosen carefully to reflect the conference's central focus, on how the sacred content of Pärt's work becomes embodied in the phenomenon of sound. The tonal and dynamic range of these works runs from low to high. The sonic texture runs the gamut between starkly minimal drum patterns of "Sarah" and the increasingly fervent string interludes of "Stabat Mater."

We are looking to a transformative concert experience that takes us beyond listening with the ears only, to something perceived in the whole person: body and spirit.