Monday, May 9, 2011
Russia and Beyond:
Music from Former Soviet Republics
The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York invites you to the first concert in our new series, Russia and Beyond: Music from Former Soviet Republics. We're excited to share with you our musical exploration of the republics of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Tuva, and Russia.
The Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are known around the world for their highly developed choral cultures. RCCNY will join this tradition, singing choral gems by the master composers Tormis, Dambis, and Bajoras, frequently performed in their native countries and in Europe. Our program offers quiet contemplation, human drama, and joyful celebration, flavored with a Tuvan folk song featuring the khomus and throat singing.
Wednesday, May 11, 8:00 pm at St. Joseph's Church in the Village:
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 p.m. at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church: Tickets available at the door only
"Splendid...radiant and sonorous" -- The New York Times
"The Great Mystery" by Feliksas Bajoras (b. 1934). Inspired by a poem by Lithuanian priest Jonas Zukauskas, this piece has a haunting, powerful sense of spiritual contemplation.
"Songs of the Sea" by Pauls Dambis (b. 1936). This three-part choral cycle paints a tragic history through tolling bells and whispering waves.
"Livonian Heritage," a cycle from "Forgotten Peoples" by Veljo Tormis (b. 1930). This is Tormis's effort to rescue six Baltic cultures from extinction -- and it's more than an academic exercise, it's brimming with nature and life.
"Handagaity," arranged by Alexei Chyrgal-Ool (1924-1989). This folk song is accompanied by the khomus, a traditional Tuvan instrument, and with the throat style of overtone singing.
"Concerto for Cello and Chamber Choir" by Alexander Kholminov (b. 1925). It's rare for a composer to write a cello concerto accompanied by a chorus instead of an orchestra. Our soloist is the gifted young cellist, Adrian Daurov.
Ticket price reductions are available for students and seniors age 65+. For further details and the full concert program, please visit our Concert Schedule.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Russia and Beyond: Music from Former Soviet Republics is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York is a proud 2011 member of Sing New York!