St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble (Russia)


Russian Sacred Music and Folk Songs

Russian Orthodox Community Center

(617 Sand Creek Rd, Albany, NY)

Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 1 pm

St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble

Kirill Sokolov, Alexander Gogol, Evgeny Vischnevsky, and Vadim Smantser, the four singers who make up the St. Petersburg, Russia, Men's Ensemble, will present a concert at the Russian Orthodox Community Center (Church Hall), 617 Sand Creek Road, Albany, NY at 1:00 pm. The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble will offer a selection of Russian folk songs and sacred chorales. A free-will donation is requested. All in the community are cordially invited.

These four singers bring extensive experience and training to the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble. Kirill Sokolov attended the Glinka Choir School and studied choir conducting and vocal technique at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has been part of a number of choirs and vocal groups, including the Academic Capella, the Choir of Smolny Cathedral, and the Chamber Choir of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has toured with the Men's Choir "Soglasye," the St. Petersburg Assemblies Chamber Choir, the "Otkrovenie" Choir, and others. Since2003, Kyril Sokolov has been the leader of the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble.

Alexander Gogol first received musical training at the Glinka Choir School. He was a singer in the State Academic Capella from 1994-2000 and then a permanent member of the "Rozaestvo" Ensemble from 2003 to 2005. Gogol has taken part in a number of musical projects from large choir productions to chamber ensembles. He has been a member of the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble since 2004.

Evgeny Vischnevsky graduated from the Glinka Choir School and then from 1996 to 2001 studied choir conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory when he also sang with the State Academic Capella. As a member of different musical collectives, he has toured widely. Since 2002 he has been a member of the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble.

Vadim Smantster graduated from the Music School attached to the Minsk Conservatory. From 1992 to 1997, he studied choir conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory when he also was a member of the Choir of the Smolny Cathedral and the Chamber Choir of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Since 1997, he has taken part in a number of musical projects and now is a singer at St. Dimitry Church and with the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble.

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