Philadelphia Classical Music Concert was held on Sunday, May 6, 2012
A classical music concert was held in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 6, 2012, featuring Rev. Fr. Dr M. P. George, the Director of the Sruthi School of Liturgical Music in Kottayam. Achen is known for his contribution as a Professor of Musical studies at the Theological Seminary in Kottayam. Achen is a professionally trained Musician who earned his PhD in the study of Syriac liturgical music.
The musical program was conducted in Philadelphia under the auspices of Malankara Orthodox Christian Fellowship (MOCF) of Pennsylvania, which is the united front of the six Orthodox parishes in the Philadelphia region. The concert was organized with the goal of raising funds to build a Students' Hostel in the Theological seminary at Kottayam, as a memorial to HG Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan of blessed memories.
Respected George Achen was accompanied on stage by 8-member live orchestra. Musicians including Jojo Vayalil (Pala), Ajithkumar (Edayaranmula), Subhash (NY) presented an superb evening of music feast. The selection of classical and semi-classical devotional songs was well received. Achen at some points invited the audience to sing along with the chorus. In addition to the music, there were a couple of classical dances (Christian Bharathanadyam) by a group of professionally trained artists.
His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese, inaugurated the musical program by lighting a lamp. Very Rev. Fr. C. J. Johnson Chor Episcopos, the Chairman of MOCF welcomed the gathering. Rev. Dn. Daniel Yohannan, the Secretary of MOCF, expressed vote of thanks. The program was hosted by St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church 1009 Unruh Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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