The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble will be performing a concert of classical and Russian folk music at the Arts Center on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. The group appears at the Arts Center as part of their popular annual tour through the United States.
The Ensemble is an a capella group from St. Petersburg, Russia, that was founded in 2003. The group’s repertoire encompasses various epochs and styles – from ancient Russian chants and Western European chorales to popular Russian folk tunes to modern music. Since one of the goals of the four-man Ensemble is to popularize preeminently Russian music, their programs focus on introducing their audiences to Russian folk songs, secular and ecclesiastical compositions, and modern composers, along with their take on popular melodies.
Tickets for this concert of beautiful music are $10 for Arts Center members, $15 for non-members and $7 for children 12 & under. They are available at the door or online at: http://adirondackarts.org/concerts.php. This concert is sponsored by the Jane Jacobs Music Fund.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is located at 3446 State Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Call us at (518) 352-7715.
Along with Russian spiritual music, the Ensemble explores the incredible 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 four-member St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble formed as an independent group to bring to its audiences compositions that, in normal circumstances, require a large number of performers.
The Ensemble comprises:
Kirill Sokolov, who, since 2003, has been the leader of the Ensemble. Kirill was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and received his first musical education in the Glinka Choir School attached to the State Academic Capella. From 1991 to 1996 he studied choir conducting under Professor E. PKudryavtseva at St. Petersburg Conservatory. During 1995 he also studied voice at the Conservatory. Since 1990, Kirill has been a member of several leading choirs in St. Petersburg. He was also a leader of the Petersburg Quartet chamber ensemble from 2002 to 2003.
Sergey Shapinskiy, who was born in Kostroma on the Volga and has lived in St. Petersburg since 1979. Upon completing Music School with a major in accordion, he played in the Bayan-Accordion Orchestra in the Palace of Pioneers (now called the Palace of Youth's Creativity).
Sergey also studied music at the Teacher Training College. Since 1993, he has performed with the choruses Singing Bridge and Petersburg Serenades, the Choir of Smolny Cathedral, and Orthodox church choirs around St. Petersburg. Currently he also works as a sound director in the music-recording company Melodia.
Andrei Volikov was born in the city of Novozybkov, Briansk region, Russia. He earned a degree in musical-theater acting from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and currently is pursuing his master's degree in music at the A. IHerzen Russian National Pedagogical University. Since 2007, Andrei has been a soloist with the Karambol children's musical theater in St. Petersburg. From 2008 to 2010 he toured Europe with several music groups, and in 2009-2010 he sang with the Mariinsky Theater choir.
Since 2009, he has appeared with the Moscow theater Maskarad (Masquerade) and has toured with the Ensemble.
Vadim Smantser was in Partizansk in the Vladivostok area. He graduated from the Music School attached to the Minsk Conservatory (Belarus). From 1992 to 1997 he studied choir conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In 1992, Vadim joined the Choir of Smolny Cathedral and the Chamber Choir of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has also participated, since 1997, in various musical projects. Since 2004, Vadim has been singing in the St. Dimitry Church choir and the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble.
The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble can be found on YouTube, Facebook, and at their website, http://spme.normal.ru/members.html.