On Friday, February 3 at 8 pm, four choirs from the Bay Area will join to present a concert of choral music to honor the 60 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble (Red Army Chorus), as well as Dr. Elizaveta Glinka, six reporters from Channel One, and others who perished in a plane crash in the Black Sea last December. The concert will be at Star of the Sea Church, 4420 Geary Boulevard (at 8th Avenue) in San Francisco.
Participating choirs will include Slavyanka Chorus, the Choir of the Holy Virgin Cathedral, the Choir of the Church of All Russian Saints in Burlingame, and the Diakonia Choir of San Francisco. The program will include sacred music, and secular music in the spirit of the Red Army Chorus. The concert is open to the public and is free of charge.
The loss of the Alexandrov Ensemble was a great national tragedy for the Russian people, who took immense pride in this chorus, one of the most well known and beloved choruses in Russia’s great choral tradition. This loss was also felt deeply by many Americans, who have fond memories of their recordings and performances. Even as early as the 1950’s, their sound floated over the walls that were between our countries for many years, giving to many Americans their first exposure to the beauty and vitality of Russian music and Russian culture.
This concert is offered in deep respect and gratitude, a thank you from American singers and American people, for all that this choir has given to the world over nine decades. May their music and their spirit be remembered for many years.