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UPCOMING CONCERTS


Shakespeare and Pushkin in Choral Music
December 2016 - January 2017

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.

Stories Spoken and Unspoken: Vocalises and Folk Songs
June 2017

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."


PREVIOUS CONCERTS IN 2015 and 2016


Russia and its Neighbors III:
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
June 2016

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RCCNY reaches across national boundaries with a fascinating and inspiring program of choral gems from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia: Salve Regina by Arvo Part (Estonia), Madrigal by Peteris Vasks (Latvia), The Great Mystery by Feliksas Bajoras (Lithuania), By Candlelight by Yuri Yukechev (Russia).
Mary Ellen Callahan, soprano
Guy Brewer, organ


Sample the concert in advance! (featuring Mary Ellen)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7:30 PM
The Brick Presbyterian Church
1140 Park Avenue (at 91st Street).
Nearest subway stop: (East) 86th St. (4, 5, 6), or 96th (6 only)
More directions here
Tickets: $25; $20 Students/Seniors


Sunday, June 5, 2016, 4:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Central Park West at W. 65th St.
Manhattan
Nearest subway stop: Lincoln Center (1). More directions here.
Tickets: $25; $20 Students/Seniors
Tickets at 20% discount online through June 1.


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To order tickets by mail (at advance price of $20; $16 senior/student), please mail check made out to RMASA along with self-addressed envelope by May 25 to:

RMASA Tickets
35-07 155th Street
Flushing, NY 11354
718-445-5799


Holiday Splendor from Russia and Ukraine
January 2016

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RCCNY celebrates the holiday season with a bold program embracing the unique choral traditions of Russia and Ukraine. The program exemplifies Russian and Ukrainian holiday traditions, and includes little known gems of early Russian polyphony, sacred works, and bright and cheerful Ukrainian carols and folk songs.

Program:
- Early Russian Polyphony (Anonymous)
    Christ is Born; Trisagion; Only Begotten Son
- Blessed are They whom Thou Hast Chosen, by Berezovsky
- Bless the Lord, O My Soul, and It is Truly Fitting, by Yaichkov
- O Theotokos and Virgin, Rejoice, by Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky)
- Cherubic Song, by Grechaninov
- Gladsome LIght, by Egorov
- We Hymn Thee, by Rachmaninoff
- Cherubic Song No. 7, and Coro per il Natale, by Bortnyansky
- Four Ukrainian Carols, arr. Kachanov
- Two Carols, by Dychko
- Fantasia on Ukrainian Folk Songs, by Kholminov
- Natalka's Aria from Natalka Poltavka, by Lysenko
- Christmas Song, by Zeiger (American Premiere)
- Shchedryk, arr. Leontovich

Hanna Golodinskii, soprano soloist

With special guests, Russian Trio:
  Tamara Volskaya, domra; Anatoliy Trofimov, bayan;
  Leonid Bruk, contrabass-balalaika

Friday, January 8, 2016, 7:30 PM
The Brick Presbyterian Church
1140 Park Avenue (at 91st Street).
Nearest subway stop: (East) 86th St. (4, 5, 6), or 96th (6 only)
More directions here
Tickets: $25; $20 Students/Seniors


Sunday, January 10, 2016, 4:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Central Park West at W. 65th St.
Manhattan
Nearest subway stop: Lincoln Center (1). More directions here.
Tickets: $25; $20 Students/Seniors

If you have trouble buying tickets online, switch to Firefox, or an updated version of your browser.

To order tickets by mail (at advance price of $20; $16 senior/student), please mail check made out to RMASA along with self-addressed envelope by January 2 to:

RMASA Tickets
35-07 155th Street
Flushing, NY 11354
718-445-5799


Currents of Jewish Classical Tradition:
America, Israel and Russia
May-June 2015

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Do not miss this program, which showcases the beauty of liturgical, secular, and folk traditions in a wide variety of compositions ranging from Bible stories to contemporary compositions. It reflects a unique national identity ranging from deep prayer to jubilation.

Leonard Bernstein (USA) "Chichester Psalms," movement III, arrangement for chorus, piano, cello and violin
Zakhar Blyakher (Israel) "Jerusalem Dreams," four-part choral cycle for soprano, flute, clarinet and percussion
Lee R. Kesselman (USA) "I am Come into My Garden"
Marc Lavry (Israel) "Hora"
Modest Mussorgsky (Russia) "Joshua" and "The Destruction of Sennacherib"
Efrem Podgaits (Russia) "Prayer of Shmuel Ha Nagid" for women's chorus and cello (American premiere)
Heinrich Schalit (USA) "Mi Yitneini"
Mordecai Seter (Israel) "Eshet Chayil"

Guest Artists: Hanna Golodinskii, soprano; Mikhail Zeiger, piano; Elizabeth Derham, violin; Adrian Daurov, cello; Jessica Taskov, flute; Avigail Malachi-Baev, clarinet

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 4:00 PM
Temple Sinai of Roslyn
425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, NY. More directions here
Tickets: $18 (available at the door)

Wednesday, June 3, 8:00 PM
Town and Village Synagogue
334 East 14th Street, btw. First and Second Aves. More directions here
Tickets: $25; $20 Students/Seniors


Sunday, June 7, 7:30 PM
The Brick Presbyterian Church
1140 Park Avenue (at 91st Street). More directions here
Tickets: $25; $20 Students/Seniors

To order tickets for June 3 and June 7 by mail
(at advance price of $20; $15 senior/student),
please mail check made out to RMASA along
with self-addressed envelope by May 28 to:
RMASA Tickets
35-07 155th Street
Flushing, NY 11354
718-445-5799


30th Anniversary Jubilee
January 15 and 18, 2015

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Enjoy Sergei Rachmaninoff's glorious Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (selections), the magnificent double concerto Glory to God in the Highest by Ukrainian composer Dmitry Bortnyansky, the hauntingly beautiful Amao Omi (Senseless War) for choir and saxophone quartet by Giya Kancheli, and the deeply moving choral cycle Benevolence, by our own artistic director, Nikolai Kachanov.

Drawn from Georgian folklore, Amao Omi (Senseless War) is composed with a heartfelt yet refined emotion. Benevolence, a five-part choral cycle setting is set on the verses from "Flame in Chalice" by the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. The composition has a meditative quality that interweaves Eastern and Western musical techniques, including harmonic singing. The performance of this composition is dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Nicholas Roerich's birth.

Guest Artists: New Hudson Saxophone Quartet

Listen to "Drops", movement #5 from the choral cycle Benevolence.

Listen to RCCNY's live performance of Bortnyansky's Glory to God in the Highest.


Thursday, January 15, 2015, 8:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Central Park West at W. 65th St.
Manhattan
Nearest subway stop: Lincoln Center (1). More directions here.
Tickets: $25; $20 Students/Seniors


Sunday, January 18, 2015, 4:00 PM
The Brick Presbyterian Church
1140 Park Avenue (at 91st Street)
Manhattan
Nearest subway stop: 96th St. on the 4, 5, 6.
Tickets: $25; $20 Students/Seniors




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Our concerts are supported, in part, by public funds for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and the Fund for Creative Communities, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.







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