Divna Ljubojevic was born in Belgrade in 1970. She studied at the Mokranjac Musical School and graduated from the Novi Sad Musical Academy. She practiced religious singing with the choir of Vavedenje monastery, where she was trained by the sisters who held her to the unique style derived from Karlovatz singing, and faithfully cherished traditional Russian singing.
In 1991 she created the Melodi Choir, composed of 10 singers. The repertoire focuses on works belonging to Orthodox sacred m
Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey is home to forty-five Cistercian nuns, more commonly known as Trappistines. The more complete, formal name of the Order is Cistercians of the Strict Observance whose founding at Citeaux dates back to 1098 and is now comprised of monks and nuns who live in one hundred and seventy two autonomous monasteries throughout the world. Our particular Abbey was founded in 1949 by an Irish monastery, Saint Mary’s of Glencairn, and we in turn have given birth to three other U.S.…
Legendary Mount Athos is home to twenty Orthodox monasteries with more than two thousand monks living, praying, singing and meditating. For centuries they have dedicated several hours of the day to liturgical chant, reflecting on their faith and the depth of Byzantine culture. Simonos Petra is a beautiful symbol of monastic life. Built in the 13th century, it is home today to sixty monks.
Santo Domingo de Silos Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in the village of Santo Domingo de Silos in the southern part of Burgos Province in northern Spain.
The cloisters of the monastery, which have large capitals with carved scenes, and also relief panels, are considered masterpieces of Romanesque architecture, and have been written about extensively, notably by Meyer Schapiro in his Romanesque Art (1977). There is also an important Romanesque free-standing enthroned Madonna and Child.
Pianist and composer Ariel Ramirez was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is one of the significant popular composers of our time. He gained this reputation in 1964 when he conducted and recorded his Misa Criolla. The record was a huge worldwide success. The piece was published the following year in Buenos Aires, but the first public performance only took place on March 12th, 1967 at the Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf. Many other pieces by Ariel Ramirez, such as “The Lark” (“La Peregrinacion”), have a…