Russian Diaspora

A large Russian diaspora (sometimes including Russian-speaking non-Russians), estimated at over 20–30 million people, has developed all over the world, with notable numbers in the United States, Germany, Brazil, and Canada.

Relatively unknown is the understanding and momentousness of the 1000-year-old Russian sacred choral music tradition.

Our Slavyanka Chorus Mission is to:

• Perform music from the varied choral traditions of Russia, Eastern Europe and America.

• Understand and share the cultural history behind these traditions, and

• Contribute to international and intercultural understanding between East and West through the special language of a cappella choral music.

The Sacred Music and Spiritual Legacy of the Russian Emigration

Supporting our mission, on Thursday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM Pacific Time, Slavyanka Chorus hosted an evening with one of the world’s most respected musicologists and publisher of Russian liturgical music, Dr. Vladimir Morosan.

This is a unique opportunity to learn more about a fascinating and relatively unknown part of the 1000-year-old Russian sacred choral music tradition. This tradition suffered tremendous setbacks after the Russian revolution of 1917. But against all odds, due to the courage and perseverance of Russian composers who continued to compose in the emigration (including some in San Francisco), the legacy survived and has continued to bear new fruit. Dr. Morosan will explore with us this sacred music of the Russian emigration, much of which has only recently drawn the attention of performers and audiences.

In addition to his writing, Dr. Morosan is also Founder and President of Musica Russica, a publishing company specializing in the publication and dissemination of Orthodox choral music throughout the Western world. He is also the Director of the "Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library” Project, the largest scholarly online library of Orthodox music.

If you missed the presentation on September 23rd a recording of this

very special evening presentation is available.

CLICK HERE to begin the recording.

After hearing Dr. Morosan's presentation and examples of historical sacred music recordings we hope you may make a donation to provide continuing support of our mission and help us make these evenings possible Our suggested donation is $10.