Russian choral group, LYRA, to perform at Cambridge Lutheran

The Cambridge Center for the Arts presents LYRA, a choral group from St. Petersburg, Russia.

LYRA, a choral group from St. Petersburg, Russia, will perform April 27 at Cambridge Lutheran Church.

LYRA, a choral group from St. Petersburg, Russia, will perform April 27 at Cambridge Lutheran Church.

They will perform at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 27, at Cambridge Lutheran Church, 621 Old North Main St., Cambridge.

LYRA, an a cappella group of professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia, will sing a concert of Russian choral music.

The first part of the concert — sacred music of Russian Orthodox church — includes works of famous masters and little-known but remarkable Russian composers of 18th to 20th centuries. The second part of their program is made up of Russian folk songs: comic, lyric, dancing and love songs. The duration of the concert is 60 to 70 minutes.

LYRA returns to Cambridge where they have performed three times in recent years. Those concerts, a mix of Russian church music and songs from Russian folk traditions, were warmly received with standing ovations by local audiences.  These singers bring a unique choral sound from Eastern Europe not commonly heard in more traditional concerts performed in Minnesota.

“I attended a concert last night of a touring choral group, LYRA, from St. Petersburg, Russia. They were some of the finest a cappella voices I’ve ever heard,” said a music  reviewer from USA Today. “It struck me how different this is now, from the olden days of ‘Red Army Chorus’ in uniforms at attention. These young people were personable, ‘connected’ with the audience, and had wonderful stories to tell about their travels through the USA. And their voices were those of angels, singing both religious and folk and even Russian swing. I was amazed at how well they were received by an American audience.”

Tickets will be sold at the door: $8 for adults; age 17 and under admitted free. Visit cambridgecenterforthearts.org for more information.

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