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Moscow Boys Choir Brings Its Christmas Show to the Bankhead

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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 12:00 am

This holiday season the Bankhead Theater will ring with the sounds of the world-renowned Moscow Boys Choir as they appear in Livermore on their “Christmas Around the World” tour. The program of traditional melodies, folk songs and Christmas classics from many countries will showcase the blend of voices that make the Moscow Boys Choir among Russia’s most prestigious all-male choirs.

Tickets for the single performance by the Moscow Boys Choir on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. range from $43 to $63 and are just $14 for students.

Founded in 1957, the Moscow Boys Choir is renowned for their unusually transcendent sound, a remarkable blend of soprano voices with rich, resonant tenor, baritone and bass notes that conveys a distinctively Russian flavor. Current choir director Victoria Smirnova assumed leadership after the unexpected death of Leonid Baklushin whose creativity and enthusiasm over the past decade propelled the group to new heights. Both built on the previous work of director Ninel Kambourg, whose 30 years with the Moscow Boys Choir left an enduring legacy of high musical standards and an extensive repertoire that continues today.

In “Christmas Around the World,” the precise and lovely harmonies of the Moscow Boys Choir magically transport listeners to distant lands for an enchanting evening of traditional holiday music from a variety of cultures. Remarkably, they sing all works in the original language, whether they are Russian songs, Baroque choral pieces, contemporary works by Leonard Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Weber, or such familiar Christmas carols such as “Feliz Navidad” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Their hauntingly beautiful rendition of the holiday classic “Silent Night” is the highlight of an inspirational and uplifting performance.

Handpicked from hundreds of applicants, each singer in the Moscow Boys Choir is chosen for their musical talent but must have the discipline and dedication to match. Although they may begin training as early as age five, they do not perform in public until at least age nine. The Moscow Boys Choir sings at numerous concerts and festivals throughout the year, participates in operatic productions, and has been welcomed by audiences of all ages around the world. They have made multiple tours throughout the United States, including a special holiday performance for President Clinton at the White House in 1999.

LVPAC Presents features performers in music, dance and other performing arts across a wide range of musical styles and genres throughout the year. “Christmas Around the World” with the Moscow Boys Choir is part of a festive holiday season of music which includes the already sold-out performances of “Chanticleer Christmas” and “Willie K’s Hawaiian Christmas” during the same week. The Bankhead Theater will bring 2012 to a close with the annual LVPAC New Year’s Eve celebration featuring the good-time 50’s and 60’s tunes of Flash Cadillac on Dec. 31 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for all shows in the 2012-2013 LVPAC Presents are available now through the Bankhead Theater box office.

The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First Street in Downtown Livermore. To purchase tickets, visit the box office, call 373-6800 or visit www.bankheadtheater.org.