The Konevets Quartet, the male vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia, will return to northeast Ohio on Friday, September 14th. They will sing the festal Divine Liturgy of the Elevation of the Cross at Holy Trinity beginning at 9:00 AM and present a concert of both sacred and secular music that same evening at Holy Trinity beginning at 7:30 PM. No admission--just a free-will offering will be appreciated. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church is located at 6822 Broadview Road in Parma. Come celebrate the feast and enjoy the sounds of this remarkable ensemble from Russia.
KONEVETS QUARTET www.konevetsquartet.com, was founded in 1992 by graduates of the St.
Petersburg Music Conservatoire-Glinka Choral Academy; who sang in the Konevets Holy Nativity of Mother of God Monastery choir. Their goal was to share the rich Russian vocal traditions with audiences the world over. With their dedication to creating a perfect harmonious sound, their
repertoire was created especially for this purpose, and remains such to this day.
The heart of their repertoire is Orthodox sacred music, ranging from chants and hymns by twentieth century composers, such as Chesnokov, Grechaninov and Stravinsky, to ancient chants and hymns sung in unison or in two or three- part arrangements and in contemporary four-part arrangements, sometimes re-harmonized by the Quartet.
The quartet’s secular repertoire features Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, classical selections and Imperial regimental songs and marches which were forbidden during Communism. The third portion of the repertoire features lyrics by Russian poets set to music by Tchaikovsky, Borodin and other famous composers.
KONEVETS QUARTET’s impressive accomplishments merit world wide recognition. These professional musicians have sung in many the great cathedrals of Russia, and participated in prestigious international festivals throughout Europe, the U.S. and most recently, Japan and China. They continue to receive high acclaim from critics and the music press. Their recordings are on sale throughout the world. In 2010, the Quartet received Laureate status at the eminent International Choir Competition in St. Petersburg.
As musical ambassadors of the Konevets Monastery, part of the Quartet’s revenue aids the continuous restoration of the Monastery, which suffered catastrophic damage during the Soviet era.