As part of Carnegie Hall's Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg, two New York City choirs will perform programs that feature Russian sacred music in two area neighborhoods. Musica Sacra performs Rachmaninoff's Vespers, while the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York performs pieces from Tchaikovsky's 9 Sacred Pieces.
First—on October 12—New York's longest continuously performing professional chorus Musica Sacra performs Rachmaninoff's Vespers, Op. 37 at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 405 West 59th Street. Consisting of settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox all-night vigil ceremony, Musica Sacra's music director and conductor Kent Tritle has previously recorded the work with New York's Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Rachmaninoff's Vespers, Op. 37, Priidite, poklonimsia Tsarevi nashemu Bogu | Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola; Kent Tritle, Music Director | AMDG Recordings
Ten days later in a free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert on October 22 at Richmondtown Branch Library on Staten Island, the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York—the preeminent Russian vocal ensemble in the US—performs a program called Tchaikovsky and His Contemporaries, celebrating music from the Golden Age of Russian culture. In addition to sacred works by Tchaikovsky, the program features pieces by Rachmaninoff and Arensky. The choir has recorded much of this material, including "Blessed Are They, Whom Thou Hast Chosen" from Tchaikovsky's 9 Sacred Pieces.
Tchaikovsky's "Blessed Are They Whom Thou Hast Chosen" |Russian Chamber Chorus of New York; Nikolai Kachanov, Conductor | Russian Chamber Chorus of New York
Related:Tchaikovsky in St. PetersburgOctober 12 Musica Sacra (Ticket information is available here.)October 22 Neighborhood Concert: Russian Chamber Chorus of New York