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Yale Russian Chorus in Portland and Seattle

Location: Oregon, USA
Choir type: College and University Choirs
Voicing: Men
The Yale Russian Chorus

Directed by Cappella Romana favorite MARK BAILEY

PORTLAND: Sat, Mar. 6, 2010, 8pm, St. Mary's Cathedral, 1739 NW Couch St (at 18th)
SEATTLE: Sun, Mar. 7, 2010, 4pm (matinee), St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E.

"thrilling choral effects resounded throughout the auditorium" (Carnegie Hall) —The New York Times
"Molodtsi!" (Bravo!) —Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia


PORTLAND, Ore., SEATTLE, Wash. -  Cappella Romana welcomes THE YALE RUSSIAN CHORUS as a guest ensemble on its 2009-2010 series to perform ancient chants and Russian Orthodox choral works including music by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Rachmaninoff. The chorus is directed by Mark Bailey - a regular guest conductor of Cappella Romana and one of the North America's foremost experts on Slavic music. (Portland: Sat. Mar. 6; Seattle: Sun. Mar. 7.; full details below).

The Yale Russian Chorus (YRC) has performed in venues from Moscow's Red Square to the White House--on one occasion in the presence of both President Bill Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin of the Russian Federation--to street corners and subways in Ukraine to New York's Carnegie Hall.

In its over 50 years, the YRC has established itself as one of the country's finest male choruses.  A tenor-bass a cappella ensemble, the group specializes in liturgical, sacred, and secular Slavic choral music. The group was founded in 1953 by Denis Mickiewicz and George Litton as an extension of Yale's Russian language club, thriving since then throughout numerous generations of Yale students, serving in particular as a powerful force toward the preservation of Russian choral music during the Cold War era. The YRC is now recognized as one of the world's most important performance ensembles of Slavic music, whose repertoire spans from the twelfth century to the twenty-first, and stretches across eastern Europe from Slovakia to Georgia.

Their program in the Pacific Northwest will be drawn from a wide repertoire, which includes ancient chants and choral works by Bortniansky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff, and Rachmaninoff.


PORTLAND: Sat, Mar. 6, 2010, 8pm, St. Mary's Cathedral, 1739 NW Couch St (at 18th)
SEATTLE: Sun, Mar. 7, 2010, 4pm (matinee), St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E.


FOR BOTH CITIES:  Tickets at 503.205.0715 or 800.494.8497
There are no pre-concert talks for these programs
Tickets start at $22, discounts for seniors and students


Cappella Romana's name (lit. "Roman Chapel") refers to the Medieval Greek concept of the Roman oikoumene (inhabited world), which embraced Rome and Western Europe, as well as the Byzantine Empire of Constantinople ("New Rome") and its Slavic commonwealth. Each program in some way reflects the musical, cultural and spiritual heritage of this ecumenical vision. A variety of photos, sound samples, and video clips available upon request. 




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