Culture Builds Community

May 5: LYRA: Vocal Chamber Music from Russia

LYRA is a community of professional musicians most of whom are graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and sing in churches and musical theaters of Russia and Belarus.

May 5, 2019 7:00pm First Congregational Church, Waterloo

LYRA’s main goal is exploring and popularizing Russian choral music from the ancient songs of the Orthodox Church to works of little-known, but remarkable composers of the 18th–20th centuries. The well-known masters: Bortniansky, Tchesnokov, Gretchaninov and Tchaikovsky are well represented. Folk songs of lyric, dancing and ritual nature are performed not only in the composer’s original arrangements, but those of LYRA’s as well. Secular songs of Russian classical composers Taneev, Tchaikovsky, and Rakhmaninov represent yet another side of LYRA’s creative activity.

LYRA first appeared in concert in I994. Since then, they have performed not only in Russia but regularly all around Western Europe, Scandinavian Countries and The United States. Through their tours, they introduce the enormous musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as traditions of Russian folk and secular music to people having an interest in Russian history and culture. 

In 2001 LYRA was awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) International Choral Festival diploma. In 2005 the group was also a winner of Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland).

In addition to stage performances LYRA have recorded several CDs. Their latest CD will be available after the performance.