Rachmaninov, “All-Night Vigil”

The programme is subject to change

22 June 2019 Saturday 19.00 Small Hall
19.00 Small Hall

Rachmaninov, “All-Night Vigil”

State Academic Kozhevnikov Choir
Art director and conductor – Nikolai Azarov

“All-Night Vigil” is arguably one of the greatest oeuvres of 20th century Russian spiritual music. The first performance was given in Moscow on March 10, 1915, by all-male Moscow Synodal Choir. The composer himself admitted that the work is exceptionally challenging to play and sing. In “Zaryadye”, the “Vigil” is performed for the first time, by the Kozhevnikov Choir.

The State Academic Choir of Moscow Region named after Andrey Kozhevnikov is one of the oldest and famous ensembles in Russia. It was organized back in 1956 by Vladislav Sokolov, a professor in Moscow conservatory and Honored artist of Russia. The choir is named after an outstanding choir conductor Andrey Kozhevnikov, who was the art director of the choir in 1998 – 2011. Zhanna Kolotiy has been the choir’s leader for three years from 2011 to 2014; from 2014 on Nikolai Azarov is the music director.

In addition to solo concerts, the Choir takes part in different projects, singing with such prominent collectives as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (conductor – Vladimir Fedoseev), National Philharmonic of Russia (music director and conductor – Vladimir Spivakov), the State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov" (with conductors Jader Bignamini and Alexander Vedernikov), among many others.