New webcasts of cultural events: 'Russian Seasons' will show performances of the leading choirs of Russia, Moscow Synodal Choir and Ryazan State Academic Russian Folk Choir named after E. Popov. The concerts will treat the audience with two completely different branches of Russian choral tradition.
On Tuesday, October 20, the website of 'Russian Seasons' will broadcast a charity concert given by the Moscow Synodal Choir in support of Restoration of the Church of the Living Trinity at the former orphanage named after the Bakhrushin brothers. Originated in the 16th century, the Moscow Synodal Choir is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles of Russia. Initially, it was called the Patriarch's choir of singing clerks. In the time of Peter the Great, it was granted the status of Synodal - the ensemble took part both in solemn services and major state ceremonies of its time. In the second half of the 19th century, the choir's concert activities began. To date, performances of the musical company have taken place in more than 40 countries. The Moscow Synodal Choir is the epitome of the best traditions of church liturgical singing in Russia.
As part of the charity concert, the musicians performed the best chants by the priests composers Vasily Zinoviev, Archpriest Nikolai Vedernikov and Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeev). The three sacred music composers were living and working at different times, but along with a deep desire to devote themselves to the clerical service, they shared a great gift and love of music. The concert program features such chants as 'God Is With Us', 'Great Eulogy', 'Mercy of Peace', 'I'm Believing, My Lord', 'Quiet Light'. The concert is conducted by Honored Artist of Russia Alexey Puzakov and Head of the Youth Synodal Choir Mikhail Kotelnikov. Vocal soloist is Evgenia Kuznetsova (mezzo-soprano).
The concert was arranged in order to support and restore the Church of the Living Trinity that once was part of the orphanage complex built by Bahrushyn brothers, industrialists and patrons, in 1901-1903. The orphanage had been established with the purpose of giving children religious, moral, physical education, along with training in practical craft.
On Thursday, October 22, 'Russian Seasons' will webcast the performance of the Ryazan State Academic Russian Folk Choir named after E. Popov timed to the 85th Anniversary of composer Alexander Petrovich Averkin, Honored Worker of Arts of Russia, Honored Art Worker of Mordovia, winner of numerous prestigious Russian and foreign prizes and titles . The composer penned more than 800 songs to poems by Russian poets, works for accordion with orchestra, for balalaika with orchestra, for two accordions, part of which was included in the concert program. New choreographic compositions were also introduced.
Professional activity of the Ryazan State Academic Russian Folk Choir named after E. Popov started since 1946. Throughout its history, one of the priorities of the ensemble's activity has been to preserve the local original manner of singing, recording and arrangement of Ryazan folk music reflecting the national character and traditions of Russian folk art. The company is actively touring, being a frequent guest of various concert venues in Russia, as well as opening Russian folk art to foreign audiences. The art director of the choir is the Honored Worker of Culture of Russia Svetlana Sukhova who stays true to the ensemble's artistic motto: to revive, preserve and develop rich lore of Russian folk song.
The webcasts start at 20:00 Moscow time.