The Feast of Saint Gregory
Axion Estin Chanters,
Eleftherios Eleftheriadis, director
Pomerium, Alexander Blachly, director
Pomerium—the "consummate U.S. interpreter of early chapel choir music" (The Washington Post)
The Met marks the eve of the feast day of Saint Gregory the Great—the papal namesake of Gregorian chant—with this scholarly program of early music. The Axion Estin Chanters, who are experts in the Byzantine repertoire, and Pomerium, offer up sonorous Greek chants and western hymns dedicated to the saint, who enjoyed equal veneration in the East and West.
Chiara String Quartet: Philip Glass Premiere.
With special guests Paul Barnes, piano, and the Axion Estin Chanters
After a triumphant residency at The Met, the Chiara String Quartet returns to give its final performance ever. The celebrated ensemble ends its eighteen-year partnership with a contemplative program centered on the New York premiere of Philip Glass's Piano Quintet No. 1 ("Annunciation"), based on a Greek Orthodox hymn and featuring pianist Paul Barnes and the Byzantine strains of the Axion Estin Chanters. The program opens with Nico Muhly's Diacritical Marks, written for the quartet, and finishes with Beethoven's String Quartet in A Minor, Op.132—one of the composer's most poignant and haunting final works.