Over the course of more than twenty-five years, Russian Chamber Chorus of New York has become America’s preeminent Russian vocal ensemble and one of the world’s greatest ambassadors of the Russian creative spirit.
This time the Chorus brings you Russia and Beyond: Armenia and Georgia concert, with the music by Georgy Sviridov, Giya Kancheli, and Vartapet Komitas. For your convenience, there are two dates available for the present concert.
$12 for Russia and Beyond: Armenia and Georgia Choral Concert Tickets ($25 Value)
- Two Concert Times/Venues Available:
- Sunday, May 20, 5:00 PM
- The Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal)
- 16 East 88th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
- Tuesday, May 22, 8:00 PM
- Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
- 213 West 82nd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
- Patarag (Armenian Liturgy, selections), for men’s chorus, by Vartapet Komitas
- Concerto to the Memory of A. Yurlov, and Vesnyanka (Spring Tune), for unaccompanied mixed chorus by Georgy Sviridov
- Amao Omi (Senseless War), for mixed chorus and saxophone quartet, by Giya Kancheli
- About Russian Chamber Chorus of New York:
The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York was founded in 1984 by Artistic Director and Conductor Nikolai Kachanov. Known for its stylistic versatility, richness of sound and subtlety of expression, RCCNY commands a wide repertoire, from ancient liturgical chants to world premieres by leading contemporary composers. The Chorus’ mission is to promote intercultural awareness by commissioning, presenting, and recording new and unknown works for American audiences.
- Vartapet Komitas (1869—1935, Armenian) monk, was born in Kutahya, Asia Minor (Ottoman Empire) and is primarily known as Komitas. An outstanding singer, composer, choral conductor, and teacher, Komitas is remembered not only for more than 80 vocal compositions based on folk themes, but also for preserving Armenian folk “talk songs” and regional musical themes.
- Georgy Sviridov (1915—98, Russian) based his avant-garde themes on classical literature, Russian folk stories, and poetry, he contributed significantly to the country’s traditional vocal and symphonic genres, including oratorios, cantatas, and lyric songs. His best-known compositions include Pushkin’s Wreath, Pathetic Oratorio, and Songs of Kursk.
- Giya Kancheli (b. 1935, Georgian) was born in Tbilisi and is Georgia’s most distinguished living composer and a leading figure in contemporary music. Kancheli is best known for his symphonies and other large-scale work, and in recent years, world premieres have taken place in Seattle, and by the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony and elsewhere.
- About Nikolai Kachanov, Founder and Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Chorus:
Nikolai Kachanov was born in Russia in the Siberian city of Barnaul, capital of the Altai Region. He holds a Ph.D. in choral conducting from the Novosibirsk Conservatory and completed post-doctoral studies at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1981, Maestro Kachanov moved to the United States with his wife, Tamara, and their son Pavel. In 1984, Nikolai and Tamara founded the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York. Kachanov is devoted to presenting new and underexposed works that illustrate Russia’s rich heritage and its contemporary spirit. As a result of his commitment, audiences have been introduced to the ancient chants previously banned in his homeland (and completely unknown in America). Kachanov created the Ussachevsky Festival of Russian-American contemporary music, held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Kachanov has prepared large concert choruses for Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leon Botstein, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, and Peter Tiboris.
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