Russian Vocalists at New Skete
The Konevets Quartet will bring their rich vocals to a free concert at New Skete Monastery at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20. For more information call 518-677-3928.
The quartet was founded in 1992 by four young musicians from Russia’s Saint Petersburg Conservatoire, who were singing in the choir of the Konevets Monastery of the Holy Nativity, on the island of Konevets in Lake Ladoga. At the heart of their repertoire is Russian church music, from ancient material written for the monasteries to works by 20th century composers.
Their concerts also often include Russian folk songs and military songs and marches from the days of the Imperial army — songs which were all but lost during Soviet times. The repertoire also draws on Russian poems arranged for male voice choirs by classical composers. The Konevets Quartet has participated in leading international festivals in Russia, Great Britain, the US, France, Italy, Ireland and Scandinavia. Their recordings are on sale in many countries, and have received high acclaim from critics and the music press.