Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Toronto Events: AKAFIST 2006 Canadian Tour

The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation Event

AKAFIST
Russian Male Chamber Choir conducted by Andrei Malyutin

Fifth Canadian Tour
September 8 to October 5, 2006

The members of AKAFIST dedicate their 2006 concert tour to the memory of MAESTRO KENNETH G. MILLS for his international patronage of sacred choral music

“Rich and vibrant, the choir’s sound ranged from high tenor to basso profundo, and from ear-buzzing fortissimos to the softest pianissimos.”
The Globe and Mail

• INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED
• MAGNIFICENT RUSSIAN CHORAL TRADITION

Presented by The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation
P. O. Box 790, Station F
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2N7
Tel. (800) 437-1454 • Email: info@kgmfoundation.org
www.kgmfoundation.org

Concert Schedule

• Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., All Serbian Saints Church, Mississauga
• Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:00 p.m., St. Arsenije Sremac Serbian Church, Whitby
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 3:00 p.m., Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Markham
• Friday, Sept. 15, 8:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
• Saturday, Sept. 16, 8:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto
• Sunday, Sept. 17, 1:00 p.m., St. Michael the Archangel Serbian Orthodox Church, Toronto
• Sunday, Sept. 17, 7:00 p.m., Doon Presbyterian Church, Kitchener
• Wednesday Sept. 20, 12:30 p.m., University of Waterloo, Conrad Grebel University College
• Wednesday, Sept. 20, 8:00 p.m., Dublin Street United Church, Guelph
• Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
5633 Hwy 7, Markham (905) 294-5955
• Friday, Sept. 22, 12:30 p.m., University of Western Ontario
Kuster Hall (519) 661-2111
• Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., Eglinton St. George’s United Church
35 Lytton Blvd.., Toronto (416) 481-1141
• Saturday, Sept. 23, 8:00 p.m., St. Dimitar Bulgarian Orthodox Church
1555 Steeles Ave. West, Brampton (905) 861-9111
• Sunday, Sept. 24, 2:00 p.m., Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church
23 Henry Street, Toronto (416) 265-5651
• Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:30 p.m., McMaster University
Convocation (University) Hall, 1280 Mary Street West, Hamilton (905) 525-9140
• Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., All Saint’s Anglican Church
300 Dundas Street West, Whitby (905) 668-5101
• Saturday, Sept. 30, 8:00 p.m., St. George’s Cathedral
King and Johnson Streets, Kingston (613) 548-4617
• Sunday, Oct. 1, 8:00 p.m., Colours of Music Festival
Burton Ave. United Church, 37 Burton Ave., Barrie (705) 726-4980
• Tuesday, Oct. 3, 12:15 a.m., Tyndale University & Seminary
25 Ballyconnor Court, Toronto (416) 226-6380
• Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Christ’s Church Cathedral
252 James Street North Hamilton (905) 527-1316

THE KENNETH G. MILLS FOUNDATION
RUSSIAN MALE CHAMBER CHOIR, AKAFIST, TO SING IN TORONTO
Press Release
Toronto, July 18, 2006…The internationally acclaimed a cappella Russian male chamber choir, AKAFIST, will perform over 25 concerts in Toronto and southern Ontario on its fifth Canadian tour, scheduled for September 2006. The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation is pleased to sponsor its greatly anticipated return engagement.

The choir was organized in 1990 by artistic director and conductor Andrei V.Malyutin, and is composed of 15 musicians possessing extraordinary vocal skills and liturgical experience in orthodox churches and monasteries in Moscow.

AKAFIST has sung in international choral and music festivals in Moscow, Omsk, Ples, Riga, Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall), Montreal, and Newport among others. The choir was a prizewinner among professional choirs in Hainovka, Poland, and took third place in the International Vocal Ensembles Competition in Korntal-Munhingen, Germany. It has performed to capacity audiences on all of its four previous concert tours in Canada and the United States.

AKAFIST’s a cappella repertoire combines vast traditions of Russian folk songs with church music spanning five centuries. Reviewer Tamara Bernstein of The Globe and Mail said of its performances during the 1993 International Choral Festival in Toronto, “Rich and vibrant, the choir’s sound ranged from high tenor to basso profundo, and from ear-buzzing fortissimos to the softest pianissimos.” CD Review has said of AKAFIST’s recent CD: “A moment that can only be described as sublime.”

The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and extension of the works of its founder, Dr. Kenneth G. Mills, and to the continuation of Dr. Mills’ munificent philanthropic support of education and the arts. Dr. Mills initiated the sponsorship of AKAFIST’s first concert tour of Canada in 1992.

For ticket information please call: (800) 437-1454 or (416) 410-0453.
Special group rates are available.
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Russian choir to sing at church

Sep 14, 2006
The internationally-acclaimed a cappella Russian male chamber choir Akafist will perform at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Markham on Sept. 21.
They performed to capacity audiences on all four of their previous concert tours in Canada and the United States.
Akafist's a capella repertoire combines traditions of Russian folk songs with church music spanning five centuries.
The choir was organized in 1990 by artistic director and conductor Andrei V. Malyutin and is composed of 15 musicians with liturgical experience in orthodox churches and monasteries in Moscow.
Akafist has sung in international choral and music festivals in Moscow, Toronto and Montreal. The choir took third place in the international vocal ensembles competitions in Germany.
The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation is sponsoring the choir's return.
The foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and extension of the works of its founder Dr. Kenneth G. Mills and to the continuation of his support of education and the arts.
Tickets (including G.S.T.) are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students. Admission at the door.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church is at 5633 Highway 7 in Markham on Thurs. Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call 416-410-0453.
Source: www.yorkregion.com

Russian choir launches Friday concerts

Akafist, a 15-member, all-male chamber choir from Moscow brings the magnificent traditions of Russian choral art to Western on September 22 at 12:30.
Source: http://communications.uwo.ca

Concerts and Special Services @ ESG
Event: Akafist Male Choir
Date: Friday, September 22, 7:30 pm. Tickets $20; Students and Seniors $15.
Location: Eglinton St. George's United Church
Details: The last time this extraordinary Russian male choir performed in our building, they sang to a full house, earning standing ovations and raves in the press. Don’t miss their return! They will perform both sacred and folk music.
Source:www.esgunited.org

Свято-Троицкая Русская Православная Церковь Заграницей
Знаменитый мужской церковный хор из Москвы "Акафист" поет в нашем храме литургию в воскресенье 24 сентября в 10 часов утра и затем в 2 часа в приходском зале даст концерт. Билеты по $15 заказывайте у матушки И. Беляй по телефону: 416-534-6434

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto
23 Henry Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M5T 1W9
Tel.: (416)979-2990
Fax: (416)265-2444
(КАРТА)
Ближайшее пересечение главных улиц:
College St. & University Ave.
TCC/Метро: Queen's Park

About AKAFIST Choir
The prizewinner of international contests AKAFIST is an all-male chamber choir devoted to continuing the magnificent traditions of the Russian choral art and Orthodox Church singing culture.

Organized in 1990 by artistic director and conductor Andrei V. Malyutin, the choir is composed of musicians possessing extraordinary vocal skills and considerable liturgical experience in Orthodox Churches and Monasteries in Moscow.

During its existence, AKAFIST took part in church services in Novo-Spassky Monastery and gave many concerts in different Russian and Baltic cities. They have presented choral music in international choral and music festivals in Moscow, Omsk, Ples, Riga, Toronto, Montreal, Marktoberdorf, Newport, Chautauqua, Cape May, Huntington and others. AKAFIST was a prizewinner among professional choirs at the 10th Orthodox Choral Festival in Hainovka, Poland and took third place in the International Vocal Ensembles Competition in Korntal-Munhingen, Germany.

Repertoire

The repertoire of the male chamber choir consists of the chants of the Russian Orthodox Church of the 16th through the 20th centuries and Russian folk songs. The choir performs pieces of unison Znamenny Chant, monastery chants of the Kiev Pechersk and Troitse-Sergieva Lavras and pieces of church composers of both the 19th and 20th centuries such as Kastalsky, Arhangelsky, Chesnokov, Kalinnikov, Golovanov, Bortniansky, Grechaninov and others.

Contact AKAFIST:
Andrei V. Malyutin, Artistic Director and Conductor
Dmitri Smirnoff, Vice-President
akafist@aha.ru

Choral Scene - The Wholenote Magazine
September 1 - October 7, 2006
I often wax nostalgic for the wonderful Niki Goldschmidt Joy of Singing festivals of 1989, 1993 and 2002. One of the highlights of 1993 was the Russian male choir Akafist, who gave several stunning performances of repertoire seldom heard in these parts. Well, Akafist is touring southern Ontario extensively this month, so there is no excuse to miss them. They’ll be in Kingston, London, Barrie, Markham, Kitchener, Guelph and several other towns, and will give more than one concert in Toronto. For information and tour dates, visit www.kennethgmills.com/akafist or call 1-800-437-1454 or 416-410-0453.
by Larry Beckwith
Source: www.thewholenote.com


Akafist: Famous Russian Choral Works CD
Source: www.emusic.com
Beruhmte Russische Chorwerke
Listen <<<
Artist: Akafist
Release Date: January 1, 2005
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera
Label: haenssler CLASSIC / IODA
Conductor: Andrei V. Malutin
Source: www.emusic.com

We are very grateful to Elena from Elena’s Jewellery by Russian Masters boutique for information about this concert. "This is not just Jewellery - this is Art!"

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Russian Male Chamber Choir "AKAFIST" must be a grear Choir.I will be for sure at the Holy Trinity Russian Church on Henry St.Toronto.That would be a great event singing at the Liturgy.This is a great beautiful Church and the priest and the Deacon there have great sonorous voices as well.Yakov.