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    http://www.playbillarts.com/news/article/7008.html Moscow Sretensky Choir Begins North American Debut Tour September 4 By Matthew Westphal August 31, 2007 The
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      Moscow Sretensky Choir Begins North American Debut Tour September 4

      By Matthew Westphal
      August 31, 2007

      The Moscow Sretensky Choir, a 42-man a cappella
      ensemble based at one of the Russian capital's
      most ancient monasteries, begins a five-city
      North American debut tour on Tuesday (September
      4) with a concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

      Founded in 1395, the Sretensky Monastery is now
      located in 17th-century stone buildings in
      Moscow. Following the Bolshevik revolution,
      according to choir's website, the Soviet
      authorities emptied the monastery, executed or
      imprisoned the monks and used the buildings as
      offices for the NKVD and its successor, the KGB.
      Once the Communist regime fell, the monastery was
      reconstituted and the Sretensky Choir was
      established to provide music for the monastery's liturgical services.

      Founded by the monastery's abbot, Archimandrite
      Tikhon Shevkunov, and directed by Nikon Zhila,
      the Moscow Sretensky Choir now sings the Divine
      Liturgy regularly at the Sretensky Monastery as
      well as at other locations; it frequently
      provides music for services led by Alexei II,
      Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, at the
      Cathedral of the Dormition in the Kremlin. In
      addition, according to the Choir's website, Zhila
      and his singers pursue an ongoing project to
      research, arrange and perform older Russian
      sacred music, from ancient chant to liturgical
      works composed — and suppressed — during the Communist era.

      The Choir is undertaking this North American and
      round-the-world tour in celebration of the
      reunification this year of the Moscow
      Patriarchate with the Russian Orthodox Church
      Outside of Russia, a once-bitter opponent which
      maintained a separate organization and hierarchy
      throughout the Communist era. The tour's concert
      program includes four liturgical works and 19 folk songs and romances.

      The tour itinerary includes:

      * Sept. 4 - New York, NY - Avery Fisher Hall - www.lincolncenter.org

      * Sept. 6 - Boston, MA Cutler Majestic Theatre - www.maj.org

      * Sept. 8 - Toronto, ON - Toronto Centre for
      the Arts - www.ticketmaster.ca

      * Sept. 12 - Washington, DC - Coolidge
      Auditorium, Library of Congress - www.ticketmaster.com

      * Sept. 14 - San Francisco, CA - Davies
      Symphony Hall - www.cityboxoffice.com

      After departing San Francisco, the Choir
      continues on to Melbourne (Sept. 21), Sydney
      (Sept. 23), Geneva (Sept. 27), Berlin (Sept. 28),
      London (Sept. 30) and Paris (Oct. 4).

      In addition, the Sretensky Choir will provide
      music for services at Russian Orthodox churches
      in each city on the world tour. For a schedule of
      those services, visit www.pravoslavie.ru/enarticles/071005174439.
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