"Hymns of the Divine Liturgy"
The Third Annual Pan-Orthodox Music Festival of Greater Los Angeles

With the blessings of the canonical Orthodox bishops on the West Coast, Orthodox clergy and hundreds of faithful from Southern California gathered on August 19 for the Third Annual Pan-Orthodox Music Festival of Greater Los Angeles when various parish choirs presented a concert of hymns glorifying Christ, Our God. The theme of the festival this year was "Hymns of the Divine Liturgy"

The participating choirs this year included Saint Sophia Cathedral Choir, Saint Steven's Cathedral Choir, Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral Choir, Saint Andrew's Choir, Joy of All Who Sorrow Choir, the Pan-Orthodox Byzantine Choir, and POYAC, the Pan-Orthodox Young Adult Choir. Each of the choirs that performed shared the beauty of Orthodox liturgical music and above all, glorify God by offering back to Him the gifts He has graciously given to them.

The finale to the Music Festival was most inspiring and moving as all the choirs and audience together sang the liturgy dismissal hymn "Blessed be the Name of the Lord, henceforth and forevermore!"

Co-founders of POYAC and the Music Festival, Fr Nicholas Ceko and Jonathan Braun wished everyone a most blessed August Feasts of the Transfiguration of Our Lord and Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, and thanked the clegy, choirs and audience for participating in what was for all an enjoyable and inspiring program.

Following the concert, everyone was invited to both the reception in the Cathedral social hall and evening Vespers Service.

PROGRAM

PROCESSION ……………………………………………………..…...POYAC

Trisagion Hymn Byzantine Chant Plagal 4 (Tone 8)

WELCOME ……………………………………Very Reverend Nicholas Ceko and Jonathan Braun

POYAC SELECTIONS ………..…………………..........Jonny Braun, Director

¨   First Antiphon—Kurt Sander

¨   Cherubic Hymn—After Vasily Kalinnikov

 

SAINT SOPHIA CATHEDRAL CHOIR …………..…..Jim Kollias, Director

Selections arranged by Frank Desby:

¨   First and Second Antiphons

¨   Hymn of Justinian

¨   Apolytikion of the Feast of Pentecost

¨   Kontakion of the Feast of Pentecost

 

SAINT ANDREW CHOIR ...…………………….…....... Teri Stevens , Director

¨   The Anaphora - arranged by Protopresbyter Sergei Glagolev

¨   Hymn to the Theotokos - arranged by Protopresbyter Sergei Glagolev

 

SAINT STEVEN'S CATHEDRAL CANTORS ………Jonny Braun, Director

¨   “ Let All Mortal Flesh” – Kievan Chant - harmonly Mily Balakirev

¨   Hymn to the Theokokos, Kornelije Stankovic - Composer

ad. Nikola Resonovic, arr. Protopresbyter Nicholas Ceko, Jonny Braun

 

SAINT STEVEN'S CATHEDRAL CHOIR …..…....Rebekah Danks, Director

¨   “ Only Begotten Son ” - arranged by Petar Dinev

¨   The Trisagion Hymn - arranged by Stevan Mokranjac

 

PAN-ORTHODOX BYZANTINE CHOIR …................. Alex Khalil, Director

¨   Communion Verse: " Praise the Lord " Psalm 148:1 -Mode I - ad. from

the Psalterion Terpnon, Hieromonk Gregory of Simonopetra Monastery

¨   Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 148) - ad. from the Irmologion of Petros

Byzantios, John Michael Boyer

¨   Kratima in Mode I - Hieromonk Gregory of Simonopetra Monastery

  

JOY OF ALL WHO SORROW CHOIR …....................Lydia Given, Director

¨   “It is Truly Meet” – Unknown

¨   Communion Hymn “ Receive the Body of Christ ” – Georgian Melody

¨   The Anaphora – Znamenny Chant, Maxime Kovalevsky

 

HOLY VIRGIN MARY CATHEDRAL …............. Serge Liberovsky , Director

¨   “ Only Begotten Son” - Podoben Melody arr. by Archbishop Ionafan

¨   Cherubic Hymn - after Vasily Kalinnikov

¨   “ Eis Polla Eti Despota ” - Deacon Sergei Trubachev

 

POYAC ……………………………………………...……Jonny Braun, Director

¨   “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth” – Stevan Mokranjac

¨   Communion Hymn “Receive the Body of Christ” – Evstafii Azeev

 

CLOSING REMARKS ……………….…….......Very Reverend Nicholas Ceko and Jonathan Braun

FINALE SING A-LONG

¨   “ Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” – Dmitri Bortnianksy