The Philadelphia Singers present Tchaikovsky and Schnittke
Date: April 4, 2013
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
The Philadelphia Singers Presents Philadelphia Premiere of “Tchaikovsky and Schnittke”
The Rising Voices of Two Russian Composers
Presented with Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica
Sunday, April 28, 3 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Singers’ Music Director, David Hayes, will conduct a Philadelphia premiere featuring compositions of Tchaikovsky and Schnittke. The performance will move and intrigue audiences on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3pm at the stunning Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 18th and the Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Assistant Conductor Brian Schkeeper will conduct a pre-concert panel discussion about Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, and Russian choral music, will be presented which will be held off-site at 12:30pm.
Spanning 100 years of Russian choral music, this concert presents two different worlds of sacred composition, one composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, his Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the other a century later by Alfred Schnittke, his Choir Concerto. One an insider, the other an outcast, one composer commissioned by the Tsar, and the other composed under communist rule, while struggling to achieve artistic freedom. Hear why these pieces are so similar yet so uniquely different. This is the first time these works have been presented together in Philadelphia and it is also The Philadelphia Singers inaugural performance at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, a beautiful example of Roman-Corinthian architecture.