In Russia and most Orthodox churches, people celebrate Christmas on January 7 -- December 25 according to the old Julian calendar. In keeping with that tradition, led by its exciting new Artistic Director, Irina Shachneva, Slavyanka, a cappella Male Chorus and a select group of women singers will perform a festive series of "Christmas in January" concerts featuring sacred music for male choir and carols for male & female voices from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia and Georgia. The final concerts of the series are this weekend in Oakland and Palo Alto.
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 3pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church,
27th Street at Grand Avenue, Oakland
Sunday, January 20, 2013, 3:30pm
St. Marks Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Street, Palo Alto
Slavyanka is the name that the early Russian settlers in California gave to the river that is today known as the Russian River. The Slavyanka Male Chorus was formed in 1979 by several former members of the Yale Russian Chorus. Membership has varied from fifteen to thirty men, all with other primary occupations ranging from business and the trades to law, science and medicine. The chorus toured the former Soviet Union in 1986, 1989 and 1999, where it performed for historically its largest and most appreciative audiences.