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CHAMBER CHORUS "NIZHNY NOVGOROD"
and Pogarsky sq., 4, Nizhni Novgorod 603005, Russia
007 (831) 278-51-52 or 007 (831) 436-57-70;
On March 04, 1973 the Chamber Chorus gave
its first concert on the stage of Glinka State Conservatoire of Gorky. This
concert made a good start for its further activity and professional growth. The
desire to become immersed in the chorus singing atmosphere first united
students of the Chorus Department of the Conservatoire, musicologists,
pianists, and then students of the Music School, schoolteachers, workers and
office employees joined it. Some compositions of Nizhny Novgorod composers were played at
the first concert. Later the performance of these compositions became a
peculiar tradition of the musical collective. The Chamber Chorus is also
becoming a peculiar creative studio for such composers as A. Kac'yanov, A.
Nesterov, B. Getselev, E. Fertelmeister, S. Strazov, E. Sherbakov, L. Sivukhin.
It has always been important for the collective not only to make the audience
hear new compositions of modern composers (G. Sviridov, R. Shedrin, A.
Schnitke, N. Sidel'nikov, M. Kazhlayev, U. Falik), but also to restore the
masterpieces of the forgotten past. So, the music of the masters of the old
polyphonic school of Renaissance (J. Depres, O. Lasso, G.
Dufailli, K. Montverde, K. Janneken) was included in the concert programs. The
concerts where the best compositions of the Russian sacred music written by M.
Berezovsky, D. Bortnyansky, A. Kastal'sky, S. Rakhmaninov, P. Chesnokov and
practically not played at that time made a lasting and unforgettable impression
on the audience. For many years the Chamber Chorus has been the main
participant of the seasonal chorus concerts in Glinka State Conservatoire of
Gorky. The concerts at which compositions of different epochs, styles, genres
were played were always sold out. At the same time the people of Nizhny Novgorod had an opportunity to
familiarize themselves with the series of the TV programs "Art of Choral
Singing", "Voices of Epochs". The films "Voices and
Colors", "Volga Tunes" sound-tracked by Chamber Chorus are
included in the history of Nizhny Novgorod culture. At the present
time the Chamber Chorus keeps on making a series of seasonal programs for
children and adults. Over forty concerts are given by the collective during a
season. For many years of the concert activity the repertoire of the Chamber
Chorus has been immensely widen from the point of view of chorus literature and
actually become unique. During the period of its existence the Chamber Chorus
made a lot of tours to the cities of Russia and took part in many
prestigious Russian and international competitions and was awarded the first
prize for the art of their sound.