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Dr. Ungerleider

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Men's Russian Chorus

Slavyanka is the only men's Slavic chorus on the West Coast and one of eight such groups in the United States.

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Equally at home with music of the Russian Orthodox liturgy and the Slavic folk tradition, this a cappella ensemble sings mostly in Russian and Church Slavonic. However, Georgian and Armenian music is also an important part of the group's repertoire.

Since its inception in 1979, Slavyanka has sung over 200 concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the cities of Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi, and Yerevan of the former USSR.

The chorus has also recorded the soundtrack for Tell Me a Riddle (1980) and Little Odessa (1984). Several recordings have been issued by Harmonia Mundi and Greysmoke Records.

In recent years Slavyanka has undertaken several major projects including the performance of Rachmaninov's Vespers at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and Stanford Chapel in 1988. In 1993, Slavyanka performed the world premiere of 20th-century composer Konstantin Shvedov's Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, also at Grace Cathedral, and the Western premiere of the Shipovalnikov Vespers, in 1995.

The members of Slavyanka are American with occasional appearances by Soviet and Slavic emigres. The men come from a variety of professional backgrounds including business, carpentry, computer science, law, linguistics, mechanics, medicine, military service and theology.

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