World-renowned chorus from Russia to perform at UWP

November 8, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE - The UW-Platteville Center for the Arts Performing Arts Series will host the 40-member Russian State Chorus on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. The choir, recognized as one of the world's leading choral ensembles, is best known for its performances of the classical Russian repertoire and its many notable world premieres by Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

An outstanding musician and prominent personality of our times, Alexander Sveshnikov founded the world-renowned chorus 67 years ago. Under the leadership of Sveshnikov for 40 years and then Minin, Agafonnikov, Tytianko and currently Igor Raevski, the chorus has been awarded top prizes and honors from countries around the world.

Unique programs, repertoire and powerful performing potential have helped the Russian chorus to win worldwide fame. The Chorus has been touring broadly for more than 50 years and its performances have received high acclaim in Europe, the Far East and across the United States. "Its timbre, fluidity, richness, smoothness and mobility are amazing. "Their performance was among the best of all ages," commented the United States Press. England, Holland, Italy, Germany, Japan and Spain are among the countries that purchased recording licenses of the Russian State Chorus.

On the same evening of this performance, a pre-show conversation will be held with a member of the ensemble. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts and is free and open to the public.

Reserved seats for this performance are $15 for general public, $13 for UWP faculty and staff and senior citizens, $8 for UWP students and $10 for children under 18.

After the Russian State Chorus performs, rejoice during the holidays with the fourth event in the Performing Arts Series. All the way from the Shamrock Shore, the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall will be filled with the sound of The Three Irish Tenors in Christmas from Dublin on Dec. 3. Featuring The Three Irish Tenors: Ciaran Nagle from Riverdance, Anthony Norton from La Scala Milan and Paul Byrom, the McCormick Tenor of the Year. Come celebrate the holidays with a genuine Irish Christmas!

Tickets for The Russian State Chorus and all other Performing Arts Series events are available through the University Box Office in the Center for the Arts. The University Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached by calling 608-342-1298. The University Box Office is located in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on the campus of the UW-Platteville at 700 W. Main St. More information on the Performing Arts Series can be found at http://www.uwplatt.edu/arts/cfa.

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