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ChoRuss vocal ensemble to return in concert

By Staff | Oct 24, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED ChoRuss will perform on Nov. 15 at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church on Sanibel.

ChoRuss, a widely acclaimed Russian vocal ensemble, will return by popular demand to St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church for its fourth appearance on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in the church Sanctuary.

It consists of professional musicians, singing Russian traditional and spiritual music.

According to Dmitri Petrov, the group’s director and tenor, ChoRuss specializes in sacred repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries that accompanies worship in the Russian Orthodox Church.

“Many important Russian composers were inspired by the Orthodox tradition,” he said. “We are delighted to bring this repertory to Sanibel and St. Michael’s once more. We hope to tell our audiences, through music, about Russia and its cultural heritage.”

The repertoire is sung a cappella in the ancient Orthodox style. The program features music by Rachmaninoff, as well as Russian composers little known in the west, including Bortniansky, Popov, Chesnikov and Ippolitov-Ivanov. The program also includes Byzantine chant, Russian folk songs and Christmas carols.

Founded in 2012, ChoRuss has performed extensively in France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is currently on a concert tour in America, with performances in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The singers are all conservatory-trained, professional soloists.

“The singers are amazingly talented,” priest-in-charge Rev. Alan Kelmereit said. “We are so glad to have them back with us again. Their sacred music is deeply inspiring, the folk music is filled of joy, and Dmitry’s sense of humor is ever present,.”

The concert is free and open to the public; freewill donations will be accepted.

A meet-the-artists reception, with light refreshments, will follow the concert in the Parish Hall. ChoRuss’s album, “Russian Spiritual and Folk Songs,” will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Kelmereit at 239-472-2173 or visit saintmichaels-sanibel.org.

St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church is at 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.