St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Cantores Minores and the Boy Choir of the Glinka College

IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song

The Boy Choir of the Glinka Choir College
Conductor: Vladimir Begletsov

Cantores Minores
Markus Malmgren (organ)
Conductor: Hannu Norjanen

Léon Boëllmann
Menuet gothique from Suite Gothique for organ, Op. 25

Lodovico Grossi da Viadana
Exultate justi

Eric Whitacre
Lux Aurumque

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir

Anton Bruckner
Ave Maria

Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229

Frédéric Chopin
Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, no. 1 (arr. W.T. Best)

Toivo Kuula
Sävel, Op. 29 b, no. 1

Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae

Einojuhani Rautavaara

Johann Sebastian Bach
Dona nobis pacem from Mass in B minor

Sergei Taneyev
Choruses a cappella for male voices from Op. 35
The Sphinx

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, Op. 41 (highlights)
Otche nash (Our Father)

Vem kan segla förutan vind, Finnish Folk Song from Åland
(arr. Lauri Norjanen)

About the Concert

This concert will bring together two boys’ choirs, which were founded on the opposite sides of the Gulf of Finland, in St Petersburg and Helsinki. The Glinka Choir College and its singers has long been a part of the music scene in St Petersburg. They uphold the traditions of Russian choral singing. The Cantores Minores school at the Helsinki Cathedral teaches singers in the traditions of Lutheran boys’ choirs. They are a matter of pride for Finland just like chaplains are for St Petersburg. Each ensemble will present their own educational and music peculiarities, with the St Petersburg choir performing excerpts from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy and Sergei Taneyev’s works, while the Helsinki choir will sing spiritual hymns and songs by Bach, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, music set to spiritual texts by our contemporaries and, of course, Finnish music. On the eve of the Lent, such cross-cultural events provide one more proof that music knows no borders.

Age category 6+

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