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Under the visionary leadership of Nikolai Kachanov, RCCNY's founder and artistic director, the chorus's repertoire spans centuries and continents and offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore some of the world's best music in a warm and inspiring rehearsal atmosphere. Kachanov teaches singers advanced vocal skills for performing different genres: from early music and classical epics to works never heard before in America to discover the meaning of the music beyond the notes in the score.

To schedule an audition: Please e-mail auditions@rccny.org or call 212-928-1402.

Wednesday nights from 7-10pm (occasional Mondays). Location: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, between W. 119 and W. 120 Streets. Entrance on Claremont Avenue. By subway: 1 to 116th Street.

December 2016/January 2017: "Shakespeare and Pushkin in Choral Music." Shakespeare and Pushkin, whose poems captured the spirit of their time with unparalleled vividness and depth, are two of the greatest sources of inspiration for composers. In this program, you will hear a kaleidoscopic reflection of their poetic genius in examples of choral music by contemporary composers, including Nils Lindberg, Evelin Seppar, Vissarion Shebalin, Georgy Sviridov, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Yury Yukechev, and Mikhail Zeiger.

June 2017: "Stories Spoken and Unspoken: Vocalises and Folk Songs." In the first part of the program RCCNY will present a selection of rarely-heard compositions of songs without words (vocalises). The program will include the famous "Vocalise" of Rachmaninoff arranged for chorus and cello, as well as works by several living composers: Yury Boguinia, Alisher Latif-Zade, Grigory Smirnov, and Edgar Girtain IV.

The second part will include folk songs. We will perform "Four Russian Songs" of Zakhar Blyaher, and will also feature some of our perennial favorite such as "Veniki."

KNOWLEDGE OF RUSSIAN IS NOT REQUIRED because transliterations are provided. A love for rehearsing to attain the deepest comprehension and expression and good sight-reading skills are a must. Tenors and basses are especially welcome. A prepared piece is preferred but not required.

"After singing with numerous groups in the city, I have finally found a group to call home. RCCNY is a weekly meditation in beauty and sound. The depth of creative intention in the timber and phrasing of each line shaped by Nikolai Kachanov make this group an honor to sing with and a pleasure to hear. Many friends ask me why I chose to sing with the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York when I do not speak Russian. I tell them that music is the universal language of the human spirit and that you do not need to be a Russian speaker to appreciate, as I do, what this group has to offer: a musically challenging and highly rewarding choral experience that is grounded in professionalism and mutual respect. Rehearsals with RCCNY have made me a better singer."

- A.A., soprano

"RCCNY is the most untraditional choir, perhaps the best kept secret in New York, yet to be discovered by singers who appreciate a high level of musicianship and seek passionate music making in a smaller group."

- T.K., soprano

"The group is versatile, the music is challenging, the standards are high, and each rehearsal is like a little voice lesson. What keeps me coming back each year is that I know I'll be asked to stretch myself vocally, intellectually, and artistically."

- E.M., alto

"The amazing variety within the Russian-language repertoire -- the great tradition of liturgical compositions, the folk-based works, and the fascinating modern composers -- has opened a wonderful new musical world to me."

- J.G., soprano

"Rehearsals with Nikolai Kachanov are like weekly medicine for the soul. They have expanded my appreciation of choral music and raised my awareness of preparing for highly polished performances of a very diverse repertoire for a Russian - American choir."

- N.M., baritone since 1984


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