Down East Singers’ ‘Russian Christmas’

Nov 25, 2012
The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble

The Midcoast’s Down East Singers, directed by Anthony Antolini, will perform “A Russian Christmas” with the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 380 Academy Hill Road, Newcastle; and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 pm at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1. Tickets are $20; free to students younger than 19. Tickets may be purchased on line at, from members of the group or at the door on performance days.

The concert’s repertoire includes sacred works by Bortniansky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Stravinsky, Chesnokov, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky; and seasonal folk songs arranged by Kalistratov, Leontovich and Prokhorov.

The first half of the concert will feature the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble performing both sacred and secular works for men's voices. The second half of the concert will be a collaboration between the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble and Down East Singers, including the original Ukrainian version of the popular Christmas song "Carol of the Bells."

The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble travels frequently to the United States and has been performing in churches here since 2002. Their concerts reflect their culture and heritage, with a balance of sacred songs by Russian composers and Russian folk songs. Members of the ensemble have attended the Glinka Choir School and St. Petersburg Conservatory and are active as members of various vocal groups including the State Academic Cappella and the choir of Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg.

The concert also will feature Jennifer McIvor, pianist, now in her third season as the ensemble’s accompanist, and moose bones percussionist Michael Scholz. For more information about Down East Singers' December concerts, the website or send email to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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