The chorus celebrates its 30th anniversary with a jubilee program to include
significant and best-loved choral works featuring selections from Rachmaninoff's
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Bortnyansky's Glory to God in the Highest,
Kancheli's Amao Omi,
along with the choral cycle Benevolence, composed by RCCNY's
own artistic director, Nikolai Kachanov.
In Amao Omi (Senseless War), which features a saxophone quartet, Giya Kancheli
has juxtaposed words in Georgian mostly related to the landscape chosen for their sound quality
as well as their meaning, varied colors and textures, and forceful climaxes. Drawn from Georgian
folklore, it is composed with a heartfelt yet refined emotion.
Benevolence is a five-part choral cycle setting verses from
"Flame in Chalice" by the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich,
whose poems reflect a universal spirituality. The composition has a
meditative quality that interweaves Eastern and Western
musical techniques, including harmonic singing. The performance of
this composition is dedicated to the 140th anniversary of
Listen to a sample of Benevolence from our CD of the same title.
Listen to our 2012 performance of Amao Omi .
The program will trace Jewish liturgical, secular, and folk traditions as embodied in compositions
from Russia, Israel, and the United States. The composers include Modest Mussorgsky,
Efrem Podgaits, Jorge Liderman, Ofer Ben-Amots and Zakhar Blyakher.
Our 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.