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From Ascension to Pentecost

6/16/2016
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Vladimir Morosan discusses the unusual "hymnographical vacuum" between the feasts of Ascension and Pentecost, and how the Church's "liturgical anticipation" is fulfilled by the return of certain hymns on the feast of Pentecost.

Duration:00:29:52

The Musical Ethos of Orthodox Pascha (Easter)

5/24/2016
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Vladimir Morosan examines the manner in which the inimitable musical ethos of Orthodox Pascha (Easter) has expressed itself in different cultures and languages, in different epochs, and through a variety of musical styles.

Duration:00:37:44

Learning to Praise the Mother of God through the Hymns of Annunciation

4/7/2016
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Vladimir Morosan takes the listener on a journey through the hymnography of the Great Feast of Annunciation, which teaches the faithful how to praise the Most Holy Theotokos through direct quotation and poetic paraphrase from the Scriptures.

Duration:00:44:43

Entering into Great Lent through the Hymns of the Church

3/14/2016
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Vladimir Morosan discusses how the Church invites the faithful to enter into Great and Holy Lent through the hymnography of the Lenten Triodion, with special focus on the hymns of the pre-Lenten Sundays and the first week of Great Lent.

Duration:00:35:36

“Till Morn Eternal Breaks: The Sacred Choral Music of Benedict Sheehan”

3/4/2016
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Vladimir Morosan takes an in-depth look at the music of American Orthodox composer Benedict Sheehan, as he plays selections from the CD “Till Morn Eternal Breaks,” which features Sheehan’s sacred choral works. For more information about this album, read Vladimir Morosan’s review in the Orthodox Arts Journal. This CD is available from St. Tikhon’s Seminary Bookstore and from www.musicarusica.com.

Duration:00:42:11

The Hymns of Vespers: An In-Depth Look at the “Blessed Is the Man”

2/18/2016
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Dr. Vladimir Morosan continues his series of programs that examine the various component hymns of the Orthodox Vesper Service. This program takes an in-depth look at the First Antiphon of the First Kathisma, “Blessed Is the Man.”

Duration:00:40:52

Getting to Know a Feast by Its Special Hymns: The Meeting of the Lord

1/29/2016
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Vladimir Morosan discusses how the Church teaches the faithful through the hymns of a feast, and plays selections from the special festal hymns for the Meeting (Presentation) of the Lord.

Duration:00:38:34

The Hymns of Vespers: An In-Depth Look at the Introductory Psalm

1/23/2016
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Dr. Vladimir Morosan begins a sequence of programs that examine in depth the various component hymns of the Orthodox Vesper Service, starting with the Opening Psalm 103, “Bless the Lord, O My Soul.”

Duration:00:38:16

Preparation for the Nativity of Christ through Hymns and Services

12/23/2015
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Preparation is an important aspect of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. Dr Vladimir Morosan discusses the hymns and services that lead up to the Orthodox celebration of Christmas, with a special attention to the seldom-heard hymns of the Pre-Festal cycle and Christmas Eve.

Duration:00:50:36

IN DEPTH: “Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations” by the Patriarch Tikhon Choir, Part 2

12/10/2015
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Vladimir Morosan continues an in-depth look at the music featured on the recently released CD, “Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations” by the Patriarch Tikhon Choir, providing information and insights about the composers and the music featured on this important and groundbreaking CD. To purchase the CD, please visit www.musicarussica.com.

Duration:00:37:39

IN DEPTH: “Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations” by the Patriarch Tikhon Choir, Part 1

11/25/2015
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Vladimir Morosan takes an in-depth look at the music featured on the recently released CD, “Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations” by the Patriarch Tikhon Choir, and gives an insider’s look at some of the reasons this CD represents an important landmark on the musical landscape of Orthodoxy in North America.

Duration:00:39:10

The Musical Contour of Matins

10/30/2015
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Vladimir Morosan discusses the structure of the Orthodox Matins (Orthros) service, with special emphasis on how the musical elements lead the worshipers “from glory to glory.”

Duration:00:46:48

The Musical Shape of Vespers

10/13/2015
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In this program Vladimir Morosan examines how liturgical services shape us through their unique musical and textual contour, with particular focus on the musical structure and shape of the Vesper service.

Duration:00:36:48

The Ministry of the Leader of Liturgical Singing

9/29/2015
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Dr. Vladimir Morosan describes the multi-faceted and complex range of knowledge and skills required to be an effective leader of liturgical singing in a modern-day North American Orthodox parish and the challenges that confront those who desire to acquire those qualifications.

Duration:00:42:34

Who Sings in the Orthodox Parish?

9/15/2015
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Dr. Vladimir Morosan gives a broad overview of how the structure of Orthodox church singing developed in history, and discusses the traditional “division of labor” among singing by the clergy, the choirs and chanters, and the congregation.

Duration:00:32:30

Introduction

9/1/2015
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Host Vladimir Morosan answers some very basic, fundamental questions regarding Orthodox music: Why do we sing in orthodox worship? What is the essence of that singing? And how does singing relate to our very core as human beings?

Duration:00:27:59