Te Deum concert

Divine

June 11 and 12, 2022

Icons, incense, and fervent faith are synonymous with the Orthodox Church. And for that reverent tradition some of the most exquisite and breathtaking music has been crafted. In collaboration with Father Justin Mathews, Te Deum will present sections of the Orthodox All-Night Vigil service and the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, integrating works of the most famous Orthodox composers. Fr. Justin will be singing the priest’s portion from the services, giving enhanced context to the great choral works. “Divine” offers a window into the solemnity of the faith, showcasing the beauty and depth of its spirituality, reinforced by the sounds, smells, and visual icons of the Orthodox Church. Composers being performed include Ukrainian composer Dmitri Bortnyansky, Benedict Sheehan, Arvo Paert. Nicholas Reeves, Rachmaninoff and Kalinnikov.

“Divine” will be a benefit concert for Reconciliation Services (founder of Thelma’s Kitchen), a nonprofit organization that strives to cultivate a community seeking reconciliation to transform Troost from a dividing line into a gathering place revealing the strength of all. A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to Reconciliation Services.

Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (map)

Sunday, June 12, 3:00 p.m.
Village Presbyterian Church (map)


Admission:
Advanced Tickets (purchased online at link below) | $20
Senior 
| $20
General Admission Onsite
| $25
Students
| Free with ID
A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to Reconciliation Services.

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Just Announced! Pre-Concert Lecture

Anyone who purchases an advanced online ticket to Divine will gain access to a virtual pre-concert lecture featuring Dr. Vladimir Moroccan, one of the leading experts in the field of Orthodox liturgical music. This lecture will provide patrons with historical information about Orthodox music and provide important context that will enhance your experience at Divine.

The Zoom link to join the lecture will be provided one week in advance. Can’t join us live on June 8th? The session will be recorded and available for viewing to all ticket purchasers through June 30th.


Join us for Post-Concert Receptions

To celebrate the final concert of the 14th season, we invite you to join us for complimentary receptions immediately following both Divine performances. On Saturday, June 11th, patrons will enjoy a glass of wine and sweet treats in the fellowship hall at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. On Sunday, June 12th, patrons will enjoy cookies and lemonade in the Welcome Center at Village Presbyterian Church.


About Father Justin Matthews

Fr. Justin serves as the Executive Director of Reconciliation Services [RS], a growing nonprofit located at 31st and Troost, the historic racial and economic dividing line of Kansas City, MO. The mission of RS is to “cultivate a community seeking reconciliation to transform Troost from a dividing line into a gathering place, and reveal the strength of all.”

In 2018 Fr. Justin led the RS team in the launch of Thelma’s Kitchen, a 5-Star Yelp rated, social venture “donate-what-you-can” cafe and box lunch catering company in Kansas City.

In 2020 Fr. Justin was awarded the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s “ACE Award” for his work in Diversity and Inclusion and RS was awarded the “2020 Excellence in Impact” Award from Nonprofit Connect. In 2018, Fr. Justin was appointed by Mayor Sly James to the Heart of the City (Troost) TIF Commission and currently serves as the Vice Chair. He graduated from the Centurions Leadership Program of the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce (2018) where he was the Co-Chair of the “Diversity & Inclusion Committee” and served on the Steering Committee. Nationally, Fr. Justin is a board member of the Fellowship of St. Moses the Black, an organization linking ancient Christianity with the modern African American experience.

After moving to Nashville, TN as a songwriter and performing artist signed to a production label in his early 20’s, Father Justin then attended Belmont University where he graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Business and an emphasis in audio engineering. In 2007, Father Justin earned his Master in Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Priesthood in 2006.