Spring 2024

All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Opus 37

Vespers concert banner with blue background and building sillhouettes

SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2024 | 3 pm

Perfoming Arts Center San Luis Obispo

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Opus 37

The season’s final concert on April 21, 2024, features an a cappella performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers). His signature choral work, this piece has become a fixture in choral repertoire, standing as the crowning achievement of the “Golden Age” of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music. Much of the melodic material was drawn from ancient unison chants surrounded by the addition of three to ten vocal lines. 

The music is for chorus a cappella, the traditional vocal complement in the Russian Orthodox Church. The SLO Master Chorale will perform the All-Night Vigil in a rare concert given without the Master Chorale Orchestra. A dynamically diverse work, members of the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale will be spread out all over the Performing Arts Center stage.

All-Night Vigil (Vespers) is sponsored by Joan Gellert-Sargen. 

The concert will be held in Harold Miossi Hall at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo on the Cal Poly campus.

Tickets are available by clicking the link below or by calling the PAC box office at 805-756-4849.

Beyond the Notes

Beyond the Notes features leading scholars whose presentations highlight the times and culture surrounding the works performed by the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale. The educational events offer an in-depth look at pieces being performed and the background and history behind the music, including the opportunity to meet and learn from a noted expert on the subject, an enhanced understanding of the context of the music, an increased appreciation for the music and live performance, and spreading awareness about the arts.

The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale will host two educational presentations given by Dr. Vladimir Morosan, founder and president of publishing company Musica Russica, as part of its Beyond the Notes series. More details about these presentations will be available soon.

Beyond the Notes is sponsored by Libbie Agran and the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust.

Dr. Vladimir Morosan

Dr. Vladimir Morosan

Saturday, April 20, 2024

“Music of the Eastern Orthodox Church: What’s up?” presented by Dr. Vladimir Morosan

Location & Time TBD

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 5:00 pm

“Rachmaninoff and his All-Night Vigil: Inspirations” presented by Dr. Vladimir Morosan

Location: Pavilion, Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo

Free admission