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4905Russian Choral Music Festival kicks off this Sunday in San Francisco and Berkeley

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  • John McCarthy
    Jul 29, 2014
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    The music is starting to sound really good at our rehearsals, and our firstconcert is at 4pm this Sunday at San Francisco's First Unitarian Church (Franklin at Geary), with Slavyanka (men and women), Kitka, Kostroma, and two outstanding Russian Orthodox Church Choirs.

    Out of town singers from the Yale Russian Chorus Alumni, New York Metropolitan Opera, and way points will start arriving next week. There will be free workshops and round table discussions of Russian Choral music Thursday evening August 7 at
    San Francisco's First Unitarian Church (Franklin at Geary).

    If you love Russian bass, tenor, and women's solo voices, the 8pm Friday night August 8 concert at St Mark's Church in Berkeley (Bancroft at Ellsworth) will feature Metropolitan Opera award-winning counter-tenor Andre Nemzer and Bolshoi Theater contra-bass
    Mikhail Svetlov perform selected arias and songs that will showcase the enormous vocal range that characterizes Russian solo music, as well as duets with sopranos Olga France and Elena Gurevich, and mezzo-soprano Olga Bykhovsky.

    And for fans of Men's Russian Chorus music, the concert Saturdayevening August 9 at San Francisco's First Unitarian Church (Franklin at Geary) is one you won't want to miss.  Yale Russian Chorus Alumni join the Slavyanka Men's Russian Chorus for an exciting program of folk and sacred, ancient and modern pieces sung by over fifty men's voices.

    Finally, on Sunday at 4pm in Berkeley's First Congregational Church (Channing way at Durant), the Festival's concluding concert will feature a massed Festival choir of over 100 voices plus selected soloists and groups. 

    Hope you can join us for one or more of these exciting concerts.


    3rd International Russian Choral Music Festival



    Fourconcerts in San Francisco and Berkeley

    Vocalmaster classes
    Freeworkshop on Russian choral music

    TheBay Area's first InternationalRussian Choral Music Festival comes to San Francisco and Berkeley August3-10, 2014. Four concerts and eight choirs present a panorama of the exquisite Russian choral music tradition, including rare and new music almost never performed outside Russia. 
    Themusic ranges from ancient monastic chants to new works, including little-known music from folk and religious traditions, operatic arias and choral arrangements for a chorus of nearly100 voices under the direction of Irina Shachneva, Artistic Director of Slavyanka Chorus.  Moreinformation

    Concertswill take place at FirstUnitarian Church in San Francisco, and at St.Mark's and First Congregational churches in Berkeley.


    Thereare also master classes for singers, and an evening of free presentations on Russian music.


    Tickets are available at the

    Festivalwebsite. For more information, please visit the website, or call Paul Andrews at 510-798-7966.



    An extraordinary and unique musical event, and not to be missed! Please send this message on to family and friends by using the "Forward this E-Mail" button below. 


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