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Russian Orthodox Metropolitan to Speak on the Intersection of Music and Faith


Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4:15 p.m.


The Catholic University of America
Caldwell Hall Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Acclaimed theologian and musical composer Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of the Russian Orthodox Church will deliver a multimedia presentation: "The Intersection of Music and Faith." This presentation is part of a series of lectures and events celebrating the theme of President John Garvey's inaugural year - Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University.

Metropolitan Hilarion is the archbishop of Volokolamsk and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow. A noted theologian, church historian and composer, he has published books on dogmatic theology, patristics and church history as well as numerous compositions for choir and orchestra.

He studied violin, piano, and composition at the Moscow Gnessin School and the Moscow State Conservatory. In 1987, after serving in the Soviet military, he entered the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Lithuania. He earned a master's in theology from the Moscow Theological Academy, and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford in Great Britain.

Metropolitan Hilarion is the author of more than 300 publications, including four monographs in English: "St. Symeon the New Theologian and Orthodox Tradition" (Oxford University Press, 2000), "The Spiritual World of Isaac the Syrian" (Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, MI, 2000), "The Mystery of Faith. An Introduction to the Teaching and Spirituality of the Orthodox Church" (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2002), and "Orthodox Witness Today" (WCC Publications, 2006).

He also is the author of numerous musical compositions. His "St. Matthew Passion," grand oratorio for soloists, choir, and orchestra, received standing ovations at performances in Moscow, Rome, and Melbourne. Equally well received was his "Christmas Oratorio," performed in Washington, Boston, and New York in 2007, and later in Moscow.

MEDIA: To attend and cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


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