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Russian Baroque Choral Jewels
October 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm–10:00 pm
San Francisco’s Slavyanka Chorus performs exquisite choral music from Russia’s Baroque period – liturgical and secular pieces for male and mixed choirs, including two East Coast premieres. Instrumentalists, singers, and soloists from Boston, and the Commonwealth Lyric Theatre join Slavyanka’s ultra-low basses, soaring tenors, angelic sopranos, and lyrical altos, under the direction of gifted Russian-born and trained artistic director Irina Shachneva.
A choral conductor for 30 years, Shachneva led choirs and two Russian Music Festivals in Boston from 1994 to 2012, when she became Artistic Director for Slavyanka in San Francisco.
Slavyanka is an internationally recognized a cappella chorus specializing in music from Russia and Eastern Europe. Over 35 years it has performed hundreds of concerts for American audiences, toured Russia and Eastern Europe four times, and received high praise for its musicianship from both American and Russian critics.
Slavyanka’s Assistant Director Paul Andrews will give a free public lecture at 7:30pm prior to the concert about the unique background of Russian Baroque music, which drew from centuries-old a cappella church chant traditions as well as influences from western Europe encouraged by Peter the Great.
Slavyanka will also give another ArtWeek Boston concert on Sunday, October 4, featuring more modern compositions and a wider variety of men’s sacred and folk music from Russia, Latvia, Georgia, Armenia, and the Balkans — performed with men from the Yale Russian Chorus Alumni. Click here for more details.