2nd SF Festival of Russian Choral Music: Russia's Bach
Festival overview: Announced by the Slavyanka Russian Chorus, the 2nd San Francisco Festival of Russian Choral Music will take place on October 15, 20 and 22 in San Francisco and Berkeley. Shining a light on the lesser-known choral masterworks of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the festival will include two West Coast premieres by Sergei Taneyev. Acclaimed Russian countertenor Andrej Nemzer will perform a selection of works for voice and piano by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Glinka, accompanied by guest soloists. Seven ensembles -- including various West Coast Slavic choral groups and Russian church choirs from San Francisco, Burlingame and Santa Cruz -- will share the stage with the Slavyanka Russian Chorus in presenting a vast selection of Russian folk songs and sacred music from Russia's Silver Age.
Concert overview: The Festival culminates in a final concert on Sunday, October 22 at 4pm at Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco. The Slavyanka Russian Chorus will open with selections from Taneyevs repertoire, including 'Serenada' and 'Vecher' (Evening), as well as two sacred works by Tchaikovsky and Chesnokov.
Renowned Russian countertenor Andrej Nemzer will then offer a potpourri of works for voice and piano (by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Glinka), together with Slavyanka Russian Chorus soloists Litz Plummer and Elena Stepanova-Gurevich (sopranos), pianist Donna Stoering, and the Festival Orchestra (conducted by Eric Kujawsky).
The highlight of the performance will be the West Coast premiere of Taneyev's monumental and rarely-heard choral cantata, Ioann Damaskin, featuring the Festival Chorus of nearly 100 voices and full orchestra. The program concludes with another West Coast premiere -- Taneyev's joyful celebration of life, simply titled 'Sunrise'.
For other Festival concerts, please look for our "Russian Roots" and "Reaching Toward Heaven" concert events, on October 15 and 20, respectively.
Tickets are sold in advance via Brown Paper Tickets until 1pm on Sunday, October 22. Thereafter, they will be available for purchase at the door. Children 11 years old and under are admitted for free, but please order a child's ticket as necessary for capacity count purposes.
Mission Dolores Basilica (View)
3321 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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