WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 08th October, 2019) Russian sacred music often becomes a real revelation to everyday Americas most of whom know nothing about Orthodox Christian culture, the director of the famous Russian a cappella Konevets Quartet Igor Dmitriev told Sputnik.
Founded in 1992 at the Monastery of the Holy Nativity on Konevets Island 100 miles away from St. Petersburg, the male quartet became one of the leading vocal ensembles in Russia performing Orthodox sacred music and folk songs in different countries. In the United States, the group gave a series of concerts and sang during the liturgies at a number of churches.
"For many Americans our sacred music becomes revelation, because many people get to know this culture for the first time at our programs," Dmitriev said on Monday. "Many of them think for the first time about the Orthodoxy."
On Tuesday, the Konevets Quartet will present the program of canons and popular folk songs Music Without Borders at the Russian Cultural Center in Washington. It includes hymns written by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov, Pavel Chesnokov, Sergey Taneyev and other famous composers, as well as songs in the Russian, Belorussian, English, Serbian, Georgian and Estonian languages.
The Konevets Quartet has participated in leading international festivals in Russia, the UK, the US, France, Italy, Ireland and other countries. Originally the quartet featured divine liturgies. The musicians gave their first concerts for the workers, pilgrims and tourists at Konevts Island.