Oct 3rd 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museum of Russian Icons - 637 High Street, Clinton, MA
Tickets: $20 for museum members, $25 nonmembers. WOO Card holders receive $2 off ticket price. Limited seating; advance ticket purchase is recommended at (978) 598-5000. Ticket fees are non-refundable.
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Slavyanka Russian Chorus will present a special program of "Russian Liturgical Music from the 17th to the 20th century" – three centuries of sacred choral music from a thousand year old spiritual tradition, including 17th century chants, and compositions by Berezovsky, Bortniansky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Chesnokov, and Kedrov.
Much of this repertoire is still unknown in the West, and listeners will come away with a deeper appreciation for the enormous breadth of Russian musical history. In listening to the earliest music of Russian Baroque, one can still hear echoes of the old preceding medieval tradition, with its ancient roots in the Byzantine church. As Russia under Peter the Great began to change and make connections with the wider world, a whole new experimental period begins, incorporating new musical ideas and Western influences in the compositions of Bortniansky and others. These developments in turn laid the foundations for the much better known Russian composers of the late 19th century (Tchaikovsky, Glinka and others) - and for the twentieth century composers (Rachmaninoff, Chesnokov) who worked to rediscover the chants of Russia’s ancient traditions, and bring to them the freshness of 20th century musical ideas.
And no concert of Russian music would be complete without a few rousing Russian folk songs!
Slavyanka Russian Chorus has been presenting Russian choral music to American audiences for over 35 years. Based in San Francisco, it was originally an offshoot of the Yale University Russian Chorus. Since its founding it has given hundreds of concerts; toured to Russia and Eastern Europe numerous times; produced 10 recordings, and provided music for several film tracks; and received standing ovations from conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Under its current Artistic Director, Irina Shachneva, Slavyanka sponsored and produced the West Coast’s first International Russian Choral Music Festival in 2014, earning highly positive reviews from local musical critics.
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