MADISON, NJ - LYRA, The Russian Vocal Ensemble of St. Petersburg, has a quartet currently touring the United States who will give a concert as part of Grace Community Music at Grace Church on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave. at Kings Road. Admission is by donation at the door.     

LYRA is a community of professional musicians. Most members are students or postgraduates of St. Petersburg Conservatoire, working in different choirs of St. Petersburg. The choir community LYRA includes about 25 people who usually tour in small groups of soloists consisting of 4-6 people. In 2001 they were awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) international choral festival diploma. In 2005 they were winnersat the Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland).

The main goal of LYRA is exploring and popularizing Russian choir music. Through performances, they introduce the musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as traditions of Russian folk music. Music ranges from ancient songs of the Orthodox Church to works of composers of the XVIII-XX centuries, as well as masters - Bortnjansky, Tchaikovsky, Tchesnokov, Gretchaninov,  Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and others. Members of the Grace Church Adult Choir and School Choir II (6th grade and up) will join them for the finale of the first half of the concert in a setting of Psalm 103 by Tchesnokov.

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For the second half of the concert the quartet will perform different folk songs of lyric, dancing and ritual nature, as well as their own arrangements of folk songs, and secular songs of Russian classics, such as Taneyev, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

For more information, call (201) 274-4617.