Evangelion to Launch Baltic Tour Next Month
MIWC Partnering for June tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
Evangelion Expands From Ukrainian Roots
Founded in 1994 by artistic director Dennis Port (pictured), Evangelion Chorale – usually called Evangelion /ee-van-GAL-yin/ for short, has a long history of music ministry in various regions of Ukraine, working in tandem with MIWC in recent years.
With 10 Ukrainian tours under its belt, the group’s last visit fell in 2012, not long before the Russian annexation of Crimea and following invasion of eastern Ukraine. These significant and devastating political events resulted in a re-definition of the purpose and locational mission of Evangelion, and a subsequent decision to redeploy to other parts of the world.
Since the mission of Evangelion complements the music missions work done by MIWC so well, MIWC is partnering with Evangelion for this trip with the long-term vision of the chorale becoming an ongoing outreach ministry of MIWC.
The new territory for Evangelion in 2016 centers around the three capitals of the Baltic States – Vilnius (Lithuania); Riga (Latvia); Tallinn (Estonia). This is a part of the world that reveres choral music and boasts a profound love of singing.
In Lithuania, Evangelion will sing its opening concert for the Alytus Music Festival in St. Casimir’s Church and later that same evening in nearby Kaunas at Mission of Christ Church. Heading into Latvia, the group will sing in Jelgava for the Latvian Baptist Church, and in the capital city Riga for a concert in St. Matthew’s Church. Upon arrival in Estonia, the group will travel to Tartu for Sunday morning worship at Salem Baptist Church and will complete the tour in Tallinn in the famous St. Olaf’s Church, and in a spontaneous performance at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
MIWC president Stephen Benham and operations director Kris Benham put together the tour itinerary along with tremendous assistance from Tallinn-based MIWC Associate Serhiy Bilokin.
Evangelion’s program includes a varied and impressive a cappella program of music created by composers from multiple countries. It includes three sets: Psalms, European Classics, and American Hymns and Spirituals.
MIWC Board member Tim Sawyer (pictured) serves as the associate conductor of Evangelion, and sings tenor in the ensemble.
“This is one of the best choirs I’ve sung with in many years,” Sawyer said. “Singing such an amazing sacred choral repertoire with so many like-minded believers is such a rare treat, and I know our audiences are going to enjoy this program.”
The group’s only American concert will be a bon voyage concert on Sunday, June 19 at 7:00pm at the Church of St. Odilia, 3495 Victoria Street North, in Shoreview, Minnesota. Admission is free and an offering will be taken to help with tour expenses.
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Evangelion, from the Greek meaning "good news," is a Minnesota-based professional choral ensemble that seeks to enlighten, enrich, and inspire its audiences with sacred classical repertoire sung to the glory of God.