See you next season!

See you next season!
Dear friends! Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir has completed its creative activities in the concert season 2016-2017.

It's hard to believe that 45 years have passed since the first concert in the House of Scientists (April 23, 1972)... In our jubilee year we have something to remember and to be proud of - this period was filled with many various events.

In the middle of September, 2016, the team recorded D. D. Shostakovich's "Ten poems on the words of revolutionary poets", timed to the composer's 110th anniversary. Fragments from this rather rare work were performed on September 25 on the stage of the Helikon-Opera theater as part of the concert program "Shostakovich instead of a confusion". In the same month the collective took part in two solemn ceremonies: the opening of the Moscow City Day at the Red Square and a gala concert in honor of the opening of the Days of Moscow in the Ulyanovsk region.

On October, 8, the collective performed at the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, accompanied by the saxophonists quartet Quattro Quarti, and then went to Tallinn, where attended the closing ceremony of the International Orthodox Sacred Music festival "CREDO". On October, 11, the jubilee congress of the International Union of Musical Figures (ICMD) was held and Vladimir Minin was awarded the title of "Honored Artist of Music".

In November Moscow Chamber Choir took part in the Charity Evening "Svyatoslav Belza's Music of Life", performing Samuel Barber's "Adagio" a capella, and gave a concert at the legendary Chamber Music Club of the Lebedev Physical Institute. In a hall where such outstanding musicians of the present as Alfred Schnittke, Luciano Pavarotti, Saulius Sondeckis and Mikhail Pletnyov were acted, artists sang for the participants in the liquidation of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.

In early December, Minin's Choir went to a two-day concert tour, in which he performed in Kostroma and Vologda, and on his return to Moscow gave two "extraordinary" New Year's Eve concerts, in which Oleg Butman's Jazz Band, one of the brightest jazz drummers of our time . Together with jazz musicians, the band performed Ariel Ramirez's famous "Creole Mass" and Jorge Villa-Lobos "Brazilian Bachiana No 9".

This year was marked not only by the 45th anniversary of the collective, but also by the 10th anniversary of the project "Minin's Choir for Children", in which artists regularly perform charity concerts in children's art schools, music and general education schools, and additional education centers. In honor of the anniversary, a CD "Minor's Choir for Children: Songs from Children's Animation and Musical Fairytales" was recorded and published, the entire edition of which will be sent to Russian orphanages, hospitals, shelters and boarding schools. Drawings for the design of the disc was provided by the famous Croatian illustrator Marcela Hajdinjak.

In February the collective gave a number of concerts in the capital arts schools and for the first time visited the St. Alexievsky Desert - an educational center, which probably does not exist in Russia. Students of the center - children who found themselves in a difficult life situation, orphans, from disadvantaged families - happily sang "Smuglyanka" and other Soviet military songs, which had long been firmly entrenched in the choir's repertoire.

The whole April was dedicated to the celebration of the Minin's Choir's 45th anniversary: the collective performed concerts in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Alexander Shilov Picture Gallery, the St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral and the Central House of Scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where the first concert of the Moscow Chamber Choir took place on April 23, 1972.

The festive events ended with a gala concert in the Tchaikovsky Hall. In the gala concert, which featured the works of A. P. Borodin, A. Vivaldi, J. Gershwin, L. Bernstein and M. Ravel, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia named after E. Svetlanov, the State Chamber Orchestra " Virtuosos of Moscow ", People's Artist of the USSR Iosif Kobzon, Conductor Wayne Marshall (Great Britain), Sargis Bazhbeuk-Melikyan (bass, Armenia), Tatyana Kostyuk (soprano, Moldavia), Polina Shamaeva (mezzo-soprano) and Alexei Evsyukov (pianoforte).