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St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble


Thursday, November 19th at 7:30pm

The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble, an a cappella group from Russia, returns to Brandon Music for a night of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 and expressive Russian folk songs. The group performs as part of their popular annual tour through the U.S.

The All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 is an a cappella choral composition and is made up of settings taken from the Russian Orthodox All-night vigil ceremony. Hailed as Rachmaninoff's finest achievement and “the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church”, the piece was composed in less than two weeks in January and February 1915 and premiered in Moscow in March 1915.

The All-Night Vigil is especially unique in that the composition masterfully combines both ancient Russian Orthodox chant and Romantic-styled composition, woven together by Rachmaninoff to such an expert degree that the chant melodies take on a life of their own, so to speak, thus making this work a genre of its own.

The Ensemble will present exclusive adaptations of ten fragments of All-Night Vigil adapted by Alexander Govorov (Men's choir "Soglasie") and Kirill Sokolov (St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble).

In addition to introducing audiences to Russian spiritual music, they also present the unforgettable diversity of picturesque and expressive Russian folk songs. A few of these include the humorous ‘Tula Harmonica', the fast-paced Russian dance tune “Barynya”, and the “Song of the Volga Boatmen”, possibly the best known folk song in the world.

The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble formed as an independent group in 2003 in order to bring to its audiences compositions which, in normal circumstances, require a large number of performers. This talented quartet has developed an extensive repertoire encompassing a wide range of works from ancient Russian chants and chorals of Western Europe to modern music. The Ensemble is comprised of Kirill Sokolov, Sergey Shapinskiy, Andrei Volikov, and Vadim Smantser.

Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.


Phone: 802-247-4295