Tulsa Oratio Chorus to Perform Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers”

Tulsa Oratorio Chorus will perform Sunday, March 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Tulsa. The Chorus will offer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s (1873 – 1943) “All-night Vigil” (often called “Vespers”). Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece “Vespers” is an a cappella choral composition of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox All-night vigil ceremony. Presented by the powerful 100 voice Tulsa Oratorio Chorus under the direction of Tim Sharp, this choral work allows the chorus to demonstrate all of the beauty inherent in the human voice – from the lowest basses to the most ethereal sopranos. The beauty and acoustic of Trinity Episcopal Church will be the perfect setting for this concert.

The concert will also be performed by Tulsa Oratorio Chorus in Oklahoma City at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral on Saturday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. This is part of St. Paul’s Cathedral Music Season.

Tickets for the concert in Tulsa are $20 and may be purchased by phone at 918-728-8600 or through the website at www.toconline.org.

Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association and appears regularly as guest conductor both domestically and internationally. His conducting publications are used in schools and universities, and his own choral series is published through Gentry Publications. Before coming to Oklahoma, Dr. Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he conducted the Rhodes Master Singers Choral and Rhodes Singers.

Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, established in 1992, is an organization comprised of talented, volunteer musicians who join by audition. has worked in collaboration with other area arts organizations including Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Opera, and Tulsa Ballet including performances of Carmina Burana last spring with all these organizations. In addition, has had the honor of performing in numerous places outside the Tulsa region, including New York City (Carnegie Hall); Mexico City, Mexico; Vienna, Austria; Auckland, New Zealand; and Sydney, Australia.

Updated 01-31-2011

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