Russian Choral Music - June 20
- CHORAL MUSIC OF ORTHODOX RUSSIA
The historic tradition of Russian Orthodox sacred music spans many centuries and many musical styles. The one unifying factor among the many periods of Russian church music is the preeminence of the human voice. According to Orthodox tradition, the human voice is the only instrument worthy of the church services, since it was created by God, not by man. Within this rich a cappella tradition, the Russian people have a special love for the male choir.
The St. John of San Francisco Men's Chorale is a resident choir of the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco. The choir's repertoire of sacred chant spans the musical tradition of the Orthodox Church from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Traditional melodies, such as Znamenny, Kievan, Greek, Bulgarian, and Georgian chants are represented, as well as monastery chants of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra (monastery), the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the Valaam monastery, and the Optina Hermitage. Selections from famous Russian composers, including Kastalsky, Trubachev, Kedrov, and Gardner will also be performed as part of this unique concert.
"An exciting and uplifting offering of Russian choral hymnology ..."
(liturgica.com about St. John's Russian's Men's Chorale CD, Rejoice in Song)
WHO: SJSF Russian Men's Chorale (Nicholas Kotar, Director)
WHAT: Traditional choral music of Orthodox Russia with other music by Kastalsky, Trubachev, Kedrov, and Gardner
WHEN: Friday, June 20, 2008 - 7:30 PM
WHERE: Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco - 415.664.2543
TICKETS: $15 general admission, $12 student/senior, at door night of concert or on-line: www.SevenPerforms.org