1875 photo of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Public domain)
1875 photo of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Public domain)

Benedict Sheehan, an emerging authority on Russian Orthodox singing and music director at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and Monastery in Pennsylvania, makes his Cappella Romana debut with selections from Tchaikovsky’s groundbreaking All-Night Vigil, Op. 52, and his transcendent Nine Sacred Pieces.

The performance at St. Mary Cathedral will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The Sunday matinée performance at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hillsboro is in conjunction with their annual Fall Festival which is open to the public. Tickets to the festival’s German dinner may also be added as a package for only $18.

Tickets are on sale now at cappellaromana.org

Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky had a fascination with the Divine Liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church and completed his “All-Night Vigil” for choir in 1882. His thickly textured and gorgeous work set the stage for other composers to try their hand, including Sergei Rachmaninov 33 years later. Consisting of 17 sections, Tchaikovsky’s “All-Night Vigil” lasts about 45 minutes. An up-and-coming conductor, Benedict Sheehan, will make his debut with Portland’s Cappella Romana choir (pictured) in a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s “Nine Sacred Pieces,” which he finished in 1884.