During the week of August 3rd through August 10th, 2014, singers from the Bay Area, North America and Russia will gather in San Francisco for a Russian Choral Music Festival – a first ever West Coast series of concerts presenting some of the most compelling, moving – and largely unknown – music of the Russian choral tradition. The four concerts of the Festival will include singers from five Bay Area choirs and choruses; alumni of the Yale University Russian Chorus; guest singers from the Rachmaninoff Festival Choir of America; and in the concluding concert, an SATB Festival Choir of some 100 voices, including soloists from the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Theater. More about the performers HERE.
The Festival Choir will be under the direction of Irina Shachneva, a professional choral conductor, teacher and vocal coach. More about Ms. Shachneva HERE.
Russian choral music is a rich treasure house of musical material, yet much of it remains unexplored by Western musicians.The Festival concerts will include important musical works spanning many different periods and styles of Russian sacred music, from early monastic chants to contemporary sacred compositions, as well as many secular selections to round out the repertoire. Two remarkable soloists will also join us for the Festival: Andrei Nemzer, countertenor and winner of the Metropolitan Opera competition in 2011; and Mikhail Svetlov, extraordinary bass soloist from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. More about the repertoire HERE.
If you’d like to come and be part of the Festival Chorus, please click HERE.
There will be three Vocal Master Classes, taught by our Metropolitan Opera soloists and by an internationally recognized vocal teacher. For more information aboutthese classes, please click HERE.
There will also be a series of presentations on Russian choral music – history, musical styles, performance practices, Russian sacred music, and the Russian liturgy. If you’d like more information about attending, please click HERE.
If you are a singer or choir director, or even someone who just loves good choral music as a listener, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be part of this extraordinary 1000 year old choral tradition.