The all-male Russian vocal quartet Konevets will make its return concert appearance at St. Peter’s Church in Lewes at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. This concert is taking place on the Feast of Saint Cecilia, patroness of church music and musicians.
The Konevets quartet was founded in 1992 by graduates of the St. Petersburg Music Conservatoire-Glinka Choral Academy who sang in the Konevets Holy Trinity Monastery choir.
Their goal was to share the rich Russian vocal traditions with audiences the world over. With their dedication to creating a perfect harmonious sound, their repertoire was created especially for this purpose, and remains so to this day.
The heart of their repertoire is Orthodox sacred music, ranging from chants and hymns by 20th century composers, such as Chesnokov, Grechaninov and Stravinsky, to ancient chants and hymns sung in unison or in two- or three-part arrangements and in contemporary four-part arrangements, sometimes re-harmonized.
Their secular concert repertoire features Russian and Ukrainian folk songs and imperial regimental songs and marches, which were forbidden during Communism. The third portion of the repertoire features lyrics by Russian poets set to music by Tchaikovsky, Borodin and other famous composers.
Tickets are not required; a free-will offering will be collected with 100 percent of proceeds given to Konevets to offset travel and other expenses associated with producing the concert.