MenТs Vocal Ensemble
Laureate of international contests
BLAGOVEST (Minsk, Belarus).
Artistic Director: Sergey Agranovich.
Concerts of this eminent menТs vocal ensemble
from Belarus, whose performances are characterized by exceptional intelligence
and charm of stylistic accuracy, will be held in Estonia as part of the
International Festival of Sacred Music CREDO.
To listen to choral music, whether it is church
chants or folk songs, sometimes you need to be in a special mood. The time
before Christmas, which has been accompanied by folk singing and Christmas
church services since ancient times, is an excellent period for this. That is
why the festival programme includes the performance of outstanding Belarusian
musicians united in the menТs ensemble УBlagovestФ. Their performances show not
only the deepness and full tone of male voices, but also high competence
allowing them to deal with various styles of music.
This vocal group was established in 2007 and very quickly
has become an important part of the musical life of the country. This creative
team is known not only in Belarus, but also in Russia, Poland, France, Germany,
and other countries. Its Artistic Director is Sergey Agranovich, choirmaster of
the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of
The ensemble is often invited to participate in
various church and social events. In 2009, it twice became a laureate of
international festivals of sacred music, and thereafter started presenting its
programs in Europe. Particularly, in May 2011 the group was a laureate of the
51th International Festival of Sacred Music in Loreto (Italy) where it presented
the Republic of Belarus for the first time in more than half a century of the
existence of the Festival (the choir continued their triumph at Italian
festivals in 2012).
The ensemble includes singers from various parishes
of Minsk, which allows the choir to fulfill its main purpose in the best way,
i.e. to promote the musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church. However, its
repertoire consists of not only church music from znamenny chants to works of
composers of the twentieth century, but also classic works of Russian and
foreign authors, as well as Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian folk songs. Slavonic
ritual songs will also be performed at the upcoming concert.
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