Russian vocal quartet to perform in area

The St. Petersburg (Russia) Men's Ensemble will be spending a portion of its 10th annual East Coast Tour in this area.

The quartet, singing a cappella, has prepared a concert highlighted by a special adaptation by their director, Kirill Sokolov, of 10 pieces from the All Night Vigil by Sergey Rachmaninov, Op. 37.

The All Night Vigil was created in 1915. The arrangement by Sokolov is meant to be a gift for the centennial celebration of this Russian music as well as for the group's 10th anniversary as an ensemble.

Concerts will be held at the United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square in Keene, N.H., on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.; the United Church of Bellows Falls, (8 School St., on Monday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., and at the First Congregational Church, 4 Church St, Sullivan, N.H., on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

In addition to the Rachmaninov piece, the ensemble will share other sacred pieces as well as Russian folk music. Light refreshments will follow each concert where the group's CDs and Russian folk items can be purchased. Admission to these events is by freewill offering.

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