St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Festino chamber choir and the soloists of the KammerChor Saarbrücken

II International Chorus Festival Maslenitsa in Song

Festino chamber choir
Yelizaveta Panchenko (organ)
Rust Pozyumsky (viola da gamba)
Sergei Oskolkov-Jr (piano)
Nadezhda Medvedeva (piano)
Soloists of the KammerChor Saarbrücken: Katharina Diana Brandel and Melina Meschkat
Conductor: Georg Grün

Johann Hermann Schein
Psalm 116
Four madrigals from Israelsbrünnlein

Heinrich Schütz
Die mit Tränen säen

Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229

Robert Schumann
Der Traum from Romanzen und Balladen, Op. 146
Im Walde from Romanzen und Balladen, Op. 75

Johannes Brahms
Two songs from Lieder und Romanzen, Op. 93a
2 Lieder for mixed chorus, Op. 104
Die Meere, Op. 20 No. 3
Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52

About the performers

The Festino chamber chorus was founded in 2008 and was named in honour of Adriano Banchieri’s madrigal comedy Festino nella sera del giovedì grasso.
The ensemble’s Artistic Director and Conductor is Alexandra Makarova. The chorus performs Renaissance and Baroque music and works by contemporary composers and collaborates with Russian and European early music ensembles.
In 2012 the Festino chorus took part in the I Open Academy of Baroque Opera directed by Andrew Lawrence-King and Marco Beasley, while in 2014 it took part in the MolOt festival and the contemporary music festival From the Avant-Garde to the Present Day. The same year, the musicians of Festino became the main performers in the musical puppet performance Leningrad Suite, dedicated to the seventieth anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad (with the children’s theatre Puppets). The chorus is a guest ensemble of the Bolshoi Tovstonogov Drama Theatre, at which it appears in the play What to Do? (staged by Andrei Moguchy to music by Nastasia Khrushcheva).
March 2015 saw the premiere of a co-production by the TRU theatre and the Festino chorus of A New Day (music by Nastasia Khrushcheva).
The ensemble won the Grand Prix at the Northern Bel Canto international chorus competition in Stnbsp;Petersburg and 1st prize at the International Chorus Competition in Miltenberg (Germany).

Age category 6+

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