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Past Concerts - 2014

Spirit of Old Russia II
January 11, 12 and 15, 2014

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The program interweaves three root styles of Russian music: sacred, classical and folk. The first half of the program traces the development of Russian church music from the 18th century to the 20th - from the sparkling baroque style of the sacred concerto by Bortnyansky to the profoundly spiritual and tender church music of Yegorov, Chesnokov, and Gretchaninov, to the moving and intimate choral miniatures of Golovanov, composed in secret by the popular conductor of the "Bolshoi Theatre" in Moscow during the most repressive years of Soviet rule. The second half of the program traces the synergies between Russian classical music, including rarely-performed works based on texts by famous Russian authors like Pushkin and Gogol. The program also includes Russian folk music, performed in authentic style and accompanied by Russian traditional folk instruments: the domra (lute-like instrument), the bayan (the Russian button accordion) and balalaika-contrabass. Join the choir for an evening of timeless Russian Christmas music that evokes the boundless expanse of the Russian landscape, the wistful longing and ascetic reflection that characterize the mysterious Spirit of Old Russia.

Bortnyansky: Glory to God in the Highest
Golovanov: Troparion of the Nativity, Wonderful Mystery; Christ is Born
Yegorov: Gladsome Light
Chesnokov: Let my Prayer Arise
    Solo: Joanna Mieleszko, mezzo-soprano
Grechaninov: Cherubic Hymn
Kastalsky: God Is With Us
Shebalin: Winter Road
Krylov: Little Dawn
Kastalsky: Fields Boundless
Authentic Folk Songs:
Oy, Po Dorojechke (Oh, on the Little Road); Oy, Chei To Kon' (Oh, Somebody's Horse); Ah, You Wide, Expansive Steppe; Shchedryk
Anatoliy Trofimov, bayan
Tamara Volaskaya, domra
Leonid Bruk, balalaika-contrabass

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 4:00 PM
St. Charles Borromeo Church
1 Aitken Place (19 Sidney Place)
Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn)

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 4:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
65th Street and Central Park West (Manhattan)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 8:00 PM
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
213 W. 82nd St., betw. Broadway and Amsterdam (Manhattan)

Eternal Flame: A Choral Memorial
May 31, June 1, 2 and 5, 2014

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The chorus will present a program to commemorate Memorial Day and honor peace with selections from the monumental "Eternal Memory to the Heroes" by Alexander Kastalsky, dedicated to the victims of World War I. With this work, Kastalsky intended to embody voices from many nations.

The concert will also include compositions that continue the theme of remembrance and peace: Tchaikovsky's "Blessed Are They, Whom Thou Hast Chosen"; John Tavener's "Svyati" for choir and cello; Yuri Yukechev's "Chant"; and Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings, " arranged for chorus. The program concludes with Sergei Taneyev's magnificient cantata "John of Damascus," also known as "A Russian Requiem."

Part One
Yuri Yukechev: Chant
Alexander Kastalsky: Selections from "Eternal Memory to the Heroes"
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Blessed Are They, Whom Thou Hast Chosen
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings (arranged for chorus)
Nikolai Golovanov: Flame of Love
Part Two
John Tavener: Svyati
Kirsten Jerme, cello
Sergei Taneyev: cantata, John of Damascus
Guy Brewer, organ

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 3:30 PM
St. Charles Borromeo Church
1 Aitken Place (19 Sidney Place)
Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn)

Sunday, June 1, 2014, 4:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
65th Street and Central Park West (Manhattan)

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 8:00 PM
St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church
552 West End Avenue (entrance on W. 87th Street), Manhattan

These concerts are supported, in part, by public funds for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and the Fund for Creative Communities, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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