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St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble


Thursday, December 4th at 7:30pm

We're delighted to welcome, all the way from Russia, this amazing vocal group. The Ensemble offers a program that helps introduce audiences to Russian spiritual music, as well as to get acquainted with the unforgettable diversity of picturesque and expressive Russian folk songs. The program will include Sergei Rachmaninoff's “All Night Vigil (also referred to as Vespers), Opus 37” and Nikolay Kedrov's setting of “The Lord's Prayer”. A few of the Russian folk songs include “In the Dark Woods”, “Barynya”, “I'm Alone When Entering the Road”, a poem by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, the most important Russian poet after Pushkin's death in 1837, 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.

Kirill Sokolov, the leader since 2003, received his music education at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has been a member of several leading choirs in St. Petersburg: first at Academic Capella, then the Choir of Smolny Cathedral, and the Chamber Choir of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Sergey Shapinskiy completed Music School with a major in accordion. He played in the Bayan-Accordion Orchestra in the Palace of Pioneers. Shapinskiy has performed with the choruses Singing Bridge and Petersburg Serenades and also the Choir of Smolny Cathedral.

Andrei Volikov graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatory with a degree in musical theater acting. He has been a soloist with the “Karambol” children's musical theater in St. Petersburg. Since 2009, Volikov has sung as a guest artist with the Moscow theater Maskarad .

Vadim Smantser graduated from the Music School attached to the Minsk Conservatory (Belarus). He studied choir conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and was a member of the Choir of Smolny Cathedral and the Chamber Choir of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble has a mission to bring joy and through music – the language of the soul – unite all of us in harmony and love. Those who heard their previous performances at St. Thomas' Church in Brandon will not want to miss this exclusive appearance.

Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for an additional $20. Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.


Phone: 802-247-4295