The ChoRuss professional vocal ensemble performs at St. Michael’s, 5 p.m., Sunday, November 18.
The ChoRuss professional vocal ensemble performs at St. Michael’s, 5 p.m., Sunday, November 18.
ChoRuss, a widely acclaimed Russian vocal ensemble, returns by popular demand to St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church for its third appearance, 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, in the church Sanctuary. The ensemble consists of professional musicians, singing Russian traditional and spiritual music.

According to Dmitri Petrov, the group’s director and tenor, ChoRuss specializes in sacred repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries that accompanies worship in the Russian Orthodox Church. “Many important Russian composers were inspired by the Orthodox tradition,” he said. “We are delighted to bring this repertory to Sanibel and St. Michael’s once more. We hope to tell our audiences, through music, about Russia and its cultural heritage.”

The repertoire is sung a cappella in the ancient Orthodox style. The program features music by Russian composers little known in the west, including Dmitry Bortniansky, Pavel Chesnokov and Alexander Arkhangelsky. The program also includes Russian folk songs and Christmas carols.

Founded in 2012, ChoRuss has performed extensively in France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is currently on a 20-concert American tour, with in-concert or worship service performances in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The singers, conducted by Petrov, are all conservatory-trained, professional soloists.

St. Michael’s rector Ellen Sloan is enthusiastic about the group. “The singers are amazingly talented. We are so glad to have them back with us again. Their sacred music is deeply inspiring, the folk music is filled of joy, and Dmitri’s sense of humor is ever present,” she said.

The concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Freewill donations are gratefully accepted. A Meet-the-Artists reception, with light refreshments, follows the concert in the church’s Parish Hall. ChoRuss’s compact disc, “Russian Spiritual and Folk Songs,” will be available for purchase during the reception.

For more information on the Music Ministry at St. Michael’s, contact Rector Ellen Sloan, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 2304 Periwinkle Way, 472-2173 \ www.saintmichaels-sanibel.org.