Arvo Pärt’s Passio: A Concert for Peace and Healing
Experience Arvo Pärt’s monumental work Passio in A Concert for Peace and Healing performed by the GRAMMY-winning Experiential Orchestra (EXO) led by Music Director James Blachly with soloists Enrico Lagasca, Haitham Haidar, and the Evangelist Quartet, at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine — the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral. Both concerts will begin with a choral prelude of Orthodox Chants performed by Artefact Ensemble led by Benedict Sheehan, with singers stationed throughout the Cathedral. Audience members may choose to recline on yoga mats during the performance, or sit in chairs, immersing themselves in the soaring and awe-inspiring architecture of the Cathedral while being transported by Pärt’s timeless music. NPR recently reported, “Known for his serene, slow-moving music, the 88-year-old Estonian composer has attracted a legion of fans far beyond classical borderlines who love his chilled-out sound, including Björk, Michael Stipe and Keanu Reeves… Pärt routinely gets the nod as being the most performed living composer. And in our ever violent, confounding world, we need his music now more than ever.” These performances are presented by The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Experiential Orchestra in partnership with Le Poisson Rouge.