Over the course of more than twenty-five years, Russian Chamber Chorus of New York (RCCNY) has become America’s preeminent Russian vocal ensemble and one of the world’s greatest ambassadors of the Russian creative spirit.
RCCNY’s 2012-2013 season honors the 140th birthday of Sergei Rachmaninoff. The first concert of the season will feature one of Rachmaninoff’s most famous liturgical pieces, “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.” RCCNY will perform this majestic work complete and unabridged!
$12.50 for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom” ($25 Value)
- January 23, 2013, 8:00 PM
- Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
- 213 West 82nd Street, Manhattan
In July 1910, Rachmaninoff created the first of his two monumental liturgical works: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. It was performed in concert in November that year and was well received by music lovers but criticized by church authorities. The composition, which includes 20 movements, is unique and differs significantly from traditional Russian church music. Despite Rachmaninoffʹs use of the traditional liturgical order, he did not use time‐honored church tunes, which for Russian churchgoers are iconic and evoke the atmosphere of the church.
In the Liturgy, Rachmaninoffʹs mighty genius carries his creative imagination beyond the limits of the church service, turning evangelical texts into bright, almost operatic scenes with intricate, sometimes symphonic elements of musical development. Because of its grand scale, the Liturgy is not usually performed in its entirety. In its January 2013 concerts, the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York will perform the Liturgy—complete, unabridged, and in its devout form, including the exclamations of the Celebrant and the Deacon, as originally intended by Rachmaninoff.
- About Sergei Rachmaninoff:
One of the most beloved musicians of the Romantic period, Rachmaninoff was born in Oreg, near Novgorod, and lived in St. Petersburg before pursuing his studies at the Moscow Conservatory with such well‐regarded teachers as Nikolay Zverev and Alexander Siloti. He left Russia after the 1917 Revolution. In addition to being a gifted composer and conductor, he was revered for his outstanding piano technique and mesmerizing performances. He became an American citizen just prior to his death.
- 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.
- About RCCNY’s Artistic Director:
Founder and Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, 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).
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