The Slavyanka Russian Chorus regularly presents concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area and California. The repertoire is drawn mostly from Russian sources: Orthodox liturgical, Russian and other slavic folk and composed music. It includes compositions by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and a host of less well-known purveyors of the Slavic soul in song.
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 Chorus was formed in 1979 by several former members of the Yale Russian Chorus. For its first 34 years Slavyanka was a men’s chorus, joined on occasion by women soloists and performing joint concerts with women’s ensembles. In 2013 the Slavyanka family officially expanded to both a men’s chorus and a mixed ensemble with women singers as an ongoing component in the concert offerings. While preserving the sound of the male choir, this enables the exploration of a wider range of Russian musical repertoire, and we are overjoyed to share this music with audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. The chorus toured the former Soviet Union in 1986, 1989 and 1999, where it performed for historically its largest and most appreciative audiences.
Written in 1915, Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil represents the zenith of period interest in sacred music in Russia. The settings borrow from two Orthodox services, Vespers and Matins, in fifteen sections. Some of the incorporated chants are over 1000 years old!
Vigil is a demanding choral opus. Though written in an SATB arrangement, there frequently occurs six-, seven-, or eight-part harmony -- and in one movement there's eleven-part harmony! Also notable in the work is the finale of the fifth movement, which challenges even the lowest-ranging of the bassi profondi (deep basses).
One of the most universally beloved choral pieces, Vigil celebrates its 100th anniversary this year -- and Slavyanka Russian Chorus will commemorate the occasion with a memorable rendition. Join us!
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Slavyanka Russian Chorus is seeking new members, especially high tenors and low basses. We are also including women in most of our programs. Russian language ability is not required.
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And one other thing…this music is some of the most gorgeous, touching and compelling you are ever going to hear.
Rehearsals are 7:30 to 10:15pm Tuesday evenings at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Turk and Baker, San Francisco.
Please call our Director for an audition appointment, 978-399-8671.
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This page is http://www.slavyanka.org, updated 5/7/2015