Beautiful Miami Beach was the setting for PaTRAM Institute’s Maestros and Producers Dinner on Friday November 10th 2017. Guests were treated to cocktails overlooking the pool and ocean at the exclusive Loew’s Miami Beach hotel. The $500 per plate dinner was held to raise funds for PaTRAM Institute’s upcoming recording of the “Dormition Hymns” CD that will be recorded in August of 2018 at the St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ.
After cocktails, guests sat down for a gourmet dinner in the hotel’s Preston Room and PaTRAM’s CEO, Alex Lukianov, kicked off a program that saw presentations by Maestro Steven Fox, Maestro Dr. Peter Jermihov and PaTRAM’s own Katya Lukianov.
Mr. Fox, the Artistic Director of the Clarion Choir and close collaborator with PaTRAM, presented his recollections of his Choir’s epic, Grammy-nominated CD “Passion Week”. The discussion included interesting facts about the piece’s history and the techniques used in performing and recording it. Mr. Fox recently accepted a directorship with the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC.
Dr. Jermihov, PaTRAM’s senior faculty member and choir director, presented details and facts about his recent, highly acclaimed recording of Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil”. He also shared his observations about the soon-to-be released PaTRAM recording of “Teach Me Thy Statutes” (conducted by Maestro Vladimir Gorbik, also a PaTRAM faculty member and conductor), which was recorded in Saratov, Russia in 2016. Dr. Jermihov concluded his presentation with sneak previews of the upcoming PaTRAM recording of “The Divine Liturgy of St. John of Chrysostom”, an English language liturgy put to original music written by the renowned composer and scholar, Dr. Kurt Sander, and conducted by Dr. Jermihov.
Mrs. Lukianov, closed the evening’s program with her presentation on the history and background of the Dormition Hymns, what they mean to her and why the decision was made, by PaTRAM, to engage in recording such a deeply emotional and soulful piece of music.
Mr. Lukianov closed the evening by presenting the guests with unique opportunities to become part of the production team for the upcoming recording of the “Dormition Hymns” CD. All were invited to join Mr. and Mrs. Lukianov and the maestros outside on the deck to indulge in aperitifs and cigars from Mr. Lukianov’s private collection.
The event raised over $35,000! Thank you to all of PaTRAM’s generous supporters!