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Good Shepherd is pleased to welcome 

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Vocal ensemble of St. Petersburg, Russia

Sunday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of sacred chants from the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian folk music

The concert is free and open to the public

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About Lyra

LYRA is a community of professional musicians most of whom are students or graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and sing in churches and musical theaters throughout that city. Though members of LYRA represent different musical professions–choral conductors, opera singers, instrumentalists, music teachers–it is their passion for ensemble singing that unites them. The choral community LYRA includes 20 people, but due to the logistics of international touring, they perform in smaller groups of soloists. Their Spring 2014 tour will bring an ensemble of 2 men and 2 women to 5 states throughout the Southeast (FL, GA, NC, SC, TN) where they will present over 30 concerts in April and May.

LYRA’s main goal is exploring and popularizing Russian choral music from the ancient songs of the Orthodox Church to works of little-known, but remarkable composers of the 18th–20th centuries. The well-known masters: Bortniansky, Tchesnokov, Gretchaninov and Tchaikovsky are well represented. Folk songs of lyric, dancing and ritual nature are performed not only in the composer’s original arrangements, but those of LYRA’s as well. Secular songs of Russian classical composers Taneev, Tchaikovsky, and Rakhmaninov represent yet another side of LYRA’s creative activity.

LYRA first appeared in concert in 1994. In recent years they have performed not only in Russia but regularly all around Western Europe, Scandinavian Countries and The United States. Through their tours, they introduce the enormous musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as traditions of Russian folk music to people having an interest in Russian history and culture.

In 2001 LYRA was awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) International Choral Festival diploma. In 2005 the group was also a winner of Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland).  In addition to stage performances LYRA have recorded several CDs, which will be available after the performance.

LYRA’s contact information:

www.lyra-online.org

E-mail address: org@lyra.sp.ru