In honour of the 150th anniversary of birth of Sergei Rachmaninov
Saturday, April 30 – 7:30 p.m.
Voces Boreales presents, in collaboration with Le Vivier, the Orthodox masterpiece All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninov, followed by the world premiere performance of Triptych by Russian-Canadian composer Evgeny Shcherbakov, written especially for the ensemble. The evening will start with Holy God by Ukrainian-Canadian composer Larysa Kuzmenko. The concert takes place on April 30 at Saint-Léon-de-Westmount Church.
By showcasing past and present Slavic works, Voces Boreales (in its largest formation of 40 voices) offers a transformative evening. “We have been preparing this concert for well over a year,” highlights Andrew Gray, Artistic Director of Voces Boreales. “I am reminded that now, more than ever, our role as artists is to create a space for dialogue and compassion. The works in the program have a mystical, engaging, timeless beauty that reach across divides and speak of peace.
Evgeny Shcherbakov comments: “As a Russian-Canadian composer and conductor, I am heartbroken by news coming from Ukraine, and I hope more musicians and artists of Russian descent will join me and speak out. I truly believe the beauty of art and music will keep us unified, even in the darkest of times and will shine like a beacon of hope.” Mr. Shcherbakov composed over 70 pieces presented both on the national and international stage, including a Concerto – Cantata In Memory of Boris Nemtsov: Kyrie premiered in Ukraine in 2017. He has been living in Canada since 2008.
Vigil – All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninov, works by Larysa Kuzmenko, Evgeny Shcherbakov, and Pavel Chesnokov
Saturday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.
St-Léon de Westmount Church: 4311, boul. De Maisonneuve West | Bus: 24, Metro: Atwater
Tickets: 23 $ – 35 $