A Russian Christmas Concert at MC

State Capella of RussiaThe Montgomery College Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center presents the State Capella of Russia performing a holiday concert Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, $28 for seniors and students and may be purchased online at Montgomery College website. The Performing Arts Center is located on Montgomery College’s Rockville campus at 51 Mannakee St., Rockville.

Founded in 1991, the State Capella of Russia was the result of a merger of the USSR State Chamber Choir, led by Valeri Polyansky, and the State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture, headed by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. The choir is noted for its flawless vocal and choral technique, beautiful, continuous-sounding, crystal-clear, and precise intonation, and unfailing attention to poetic words. Under Polyansky’s direction, the choir continues to capture the hearts of audiences around the world with its emotional and passionate performances. The Capella’s first Christmas tour to the US includes masterpieces by Rachmaninoff, Bortnyansky, and Grechaninoff, as well as western classics and famous Christmas carols.

Take a look at this video of the Russian State Cappella performing “Great Ektenia”.

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