Voices from Russia

Sunday, 2 February 2014

One of the Members of the Buranovskiye Babushki Died in Her Native Village… The Babas Plan to Perform at the Sochi Olympics

00a Buranovskiye Babushki 27.05.12

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Love them Babas! Pass the jug, if you please…

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According to Rossiskaya Gazeta, Yelizaveta Zarbatova, one of the singers in the Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble, died in the 87th year of her life. Zarbatova died in her native village on 13 January, but the news didn’t get out until now because she no longer performed with the group due to her advanced age. Svetlana Syrygina, the spokesman for the Babushki, said, “She was the most aged of the grannies; she wrote many songs, including Puchoko, which was one of the songs the ensemble selected to sing at the Eurovision Song Contest”.

Facts about the Buranovskiye Babushki

The Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble is a Russian folk group from the village of Buranovo in Malopurginsky Raion of the Udmurt Republic, performing Udmurt and Russian folk songs, as well as a variety of pop hits in Udmurt, rehashing well-known Russian and foreign pop songs. The ensemble started over 40 years ago. The group began to sing songs in Udmurt with other musical ensembles in 2008. On the Day of the Udmurt Language, the Babushki sang popular songs of Boris Grebenshchikov and Viktor Tsoi in the Udmurt backed by the Udmurt Philharmonic. Since then, they’ve repeatedly been in the spotlight in the media and on TV. They participated in the qualifying rounds of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest (ranked third) and were second in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the song Party for Everybody.

21 January 2014

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The Buranovskiye Babushki decided to support the Sochi Olympics through their creative efforts. In a social network post, the Grannies wrote, “Hi to all our friends! Greetings on the upcoming holidays! We’re off to Sochi on 6 February!” The organisers are keeping their programme under wraps, but everyone knows that the consort from Udmurtia is seriously training for the show. Their official website has a song dedicated to the Olympics. Earlier, AIF wrote that the Grannies have a new version of Party for Everybody just for the Sochi Olympics.

27 December 2013

Argumenty i Fakty

http://www.aif.ru/rm/rmnews/1087694

http://www.kuban.aif.ru/culture/1075152

 

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

19 January 2014. A Multimedia Presentation. It’s the Last Day of the Svyatki… Here’s some Shchedrivki…

00 Cossack Christmas. Pre-Revolution. 19.01.14

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01 Old New Year a

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00 Fedoskino Palekh box. Christmas. 06.01.13

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01v To the New Year 2011

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00 Masha i Medved christmas 01.12

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New Year Strawberries 4

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The narration isn’t in English, but watch it for the images and music

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00 Slovak New Year 01

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00 Slovak New Years

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To end it all, here’s some “down home” traditional singing from Carpatho-Russia

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Shchedrivki are like kolyadki, but sung at the New Year and Epiphany (and here). It’s the end of the Svyatki for another year…

BMD

 

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Saturday, 28 December 2013

28 December 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… A Blast from the Metropolia Past… Fr Igor Soroka at the Podium

00 Igor Soroka. Male Chorus. Pittsburgh PA. 28.12.13

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I’m sorry that I couldn’t find more material by Fr Igor on YouTube (hint to all youse Yinzers out there… post something so that people can link to it!), so, I posted the above vid as being fit and being something that Fr Igor would’ve given his “Amen” to. Now, that’s something to cheer about!

BMD

Fr Igor Soroka Retiring as Cathedral Choir Director… Staying as Donora PA Priest

00 Fr Igor Soroka. Donora PA USA. 28.12.13

Fr Igor Soroka and Dr Dimitri Petro, both choir directors, discuss musical arrangements at St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Donora PA

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Editor’s Note:

Nothing on oca.org on this… does it surprise you? They’re a penny short and a day late… AGAIN. Journalism doesn’t have holidays…

BMD

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It was fitting that a half century ago that a young Donora priest organised and became director of the Cathedral Choir of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Fr Igor Soroka was born into a musical family; his father, the late Fr Gregory Soroka, came to the USA from Russia to work as a choir director. He met his future wife, Anastasia, when she was singing alto in the choir he was directing in Scranton PA. Gregory enrolled in the Russian Orthodox Seminary in Minneapolis MN, then, came back to Scranton, and proposed to Anastasia. They had seven children; three of the four sons, Igor, Leonid, and Vladimir became priests… with exceptional musical talents. Each wrote music. Fr Gregory served as pastor of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Charleroi PA for over 35 years.

Igor met his late wife, Irene, whilst he was choir director in Detroit MI. She also sang alto. Igor studied at St Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary and Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit. After ordination, he and Irene came to Donora in 1959 to make their home. Fr Igor is still at his first parish, St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Donora, with 54 years of service. As for his directing the Cathedral Choir for 50 years, Fr Igor said, “It’s time to retire”, at the December choir meeting in Canonsburg PA. He’d worked as director without compensation.

His parishioners are pleased that he isn’t retiring from the parish. Dr Dimitri Petro, choir director at St Nicholas for almost 50 years, had a close association with Fr Igor and with his music-making. He related an incident when the two were attending an all-American Sobor in New York City. One evening, a group, including Fr Igor and his brother Fr Vladimir, went to a little Russian restaurant. Petro said, “There was balalaika music and we started singing with them. Fr Igor and his brother had exceptional voices and Fr Igor even had a solo part”. According to Petro, the musicians’ director stated, “You don’t belong here. You belong down the street at the Metropolitan Opera!”

The Cathedral Choir is an a capella ensemble; its singers have many backgrounds… doctors, lawyers, clergy, teachers, nurses, office workers, as well as homemakers and retirees. The Metropolitan Choir presented concerts at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh PA and appeared with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as giving many performances at other venues. It presented a Millennium concert celebrating 1,000 years of Christianity in Russia at the University of Pittsburgh in 1988. They made six recordings under Fr Igor’s direction, including, In Concert, The Divine Liturgy, and the latest, The Psalms in Melody and Songs. For the last recording, in honour of the group’s 50th anniversary, Fr Igor said that they called on some retirees and former members to fill the choir with 35 voices. Fr Igor said, “Some pieces are sung in eight parts and extra voices were needed”.

27 December 2013

Emma Jene Lelik

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourmonvalley/yourmonvalleymore/5306373-74/choir-igor-director

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