On Saturday, December 1, 2012 the St. Tikhon Mission Choir gave a marvelous performance entitled Hymns and Carols of Holy Russia to a crowd of nearly 200 people at Archangel Michael Church in Broadview Heights, Ohio.
A quick survey of the crowd would reveal transfixed faces both young and old as the choir made its way gracefully through the program offering arrangements from such masters as Bortniansky, Trubachev, Kedrov and Rachmaninov as well as some original arrangements by the group’s director Benedict Sheehan.
On hand were 5 representatives from the Board of Trustees including the master of ceremonies for the event and board chair Michael Herzak, Very Rev. John Perich, Very Rev. Emil Hutnyan, Ron Royhab, and Mark Ropchock.
The crowd began with nearly a hundred for Vespers but quickly doubled in size over the next couple hours before the start of the choral performance.
The seminary would also like to thank not only the Mission Choir for their tireless efforts but also the hosting priests Fr. John Memorich and Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) for all their hard work in the weeks leading up to the production.
Also on display was an exhibition from the Metropolitan Museum in South Canaan, PA courtesy of the museum’s curator the Very Rev. John Perich who with the help of student volunteer Michael Pierce, provided the faithful of St. Michael’s with historical items from the beginning of the Orthodox mission to the American people as well as relics and icons for all to venerate.