“MUSIC OF THE NEW WORLD”
ORGAN & VOCAL
With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and in collaboration with the “De Boni Arte” charity foundation, Lyrica Classic presents a concert of organ-vocal sacred music by contemporary composers combined with digital performing arts performed by leading soloists of world theaters and concert venues.
MUSIC OF THE NEW WORLD
Organ and Vocal
As a part of the International Music festival
Dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th Birthday Anniversary
Catholic Church of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Roman Catholic Church.
Concert Broadcast from Vladimir
Lyrica Classic YouTube Channel
“Spread New Music to the World” festival was designed to help other countries discover new or unknown American music through collaborative musical productions with high-profile artists from the U.S. and other countries.
This season the festival takes place in Russia and presents a series of concerts with premieres by American composers performed by leading Russian and American artists.
The festival’s “Music of the New World” program provides a unique opportunity for Russian audiences to hear new sacred music by Israeli-American composer Eli Tamar and Belgian-American composer Emmanuel Dubois, written on Christian prayer texts for a pipe organ and voices.
The program will be performed by the famous Moscow trio Melody and the vocal ensemble Arielle under the direction of its artistic director and conductor Elmira Dadasheva, as well as soloists:
The concert will also feature digital art created by renowned American digital artist Sue Slagle (also known as SUE-C). Sue’s custom creations based on the music to be performed will be projected onto a screen on the stage, creating a unique experience and atmosphere for the event.
Lyrica Classic helps the world discover the quality of new or unknown music by bringing it to the world’s prestigious stages and creating high-quality productions by combining the works of unsung composers with international talents in ideal performance conditions, allowing the public to experience these works as the composers intended.
Eli Tamar’s multicultural background has contributed to his ability to explore and synthesize elements of different styles, overcoming spiritual barriers between various musical, literary, and religious traditions. His compositions have been featured in such venues as St. Paul’s Knightsbridge Church in London, American Church in Paris, Rachmaninov Hall at Moscow Conservatory, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, San Marcello al Corso Church in Rome, “De Boni Arte” Foundation series of sacred music and “Great Names in Art” – Charitable Foundation in Russia, Diaghilev Festival in Perm, and Prism concerts in New York. Many of his compositions have been premiered by the renowned Russian countertenor, soloist of the Metropolitan Opera, Andrey Nemzer. In 2021 Eli Tamar served on the jury of the First International Competition of Christian Music Composers, held in Moscow.
In December 2021, Lyrica Classic world-premiered Eli’s “Requiem” at Moscow Sobornaya Palata by renowned Moscow Synodal Choir and the famous mezzo-soprano, soloist of the Novaya Opera Theater and the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest, Polina Shamaeva.
The biography of composer Emmanuel Dubois is a fantastic example of the American Dream. He grew up in Brussels in a large family with five brothers and sisters. He dreamed of music and had perfect pitch, but his parents were categorically against a musical career. As a result, Emmanuel received his master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Brussels, moved to the United States, and began his scientific career. Emmanuel then earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina and took up a prominent banking position. Not until the age of 46 did Dubois decide to follow his artistic dream. So, he entered the University of Michigan, where he studied composition. Within 25 years, he created about 60 works performed at the world’s leading venues. In 2019, his oratorio “Requiem for the Fallen” was US-premiered by Lyrica Classic at Carnegie Hall in NYC. In 2020, the oratorio was selected by the US Embassy in Moscow for its “Mission to Russia” annual program and Russian-premiered by Lyrica Classic in December 2020 in memory of the fallen in WWII.
In 2021, Dubois’ piano concerto “Imagine New York” was world-premiered at Zurab Tsereteli Gallery by a famous pianist and soloist of Mariinsky Theater, Mikhail Benediktov, and orchestra Voce Anima conducted by Michael Kotelnikov.
Vocal Ensemble Arielle
Arielle was established by its conductor Elmira Dadasheva, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. It brings together talented and enthusiastic young people, graduates of the Moscow Conservatory, Gnesins Academy, and the Popov Academy of Choral Art.
The ensemble regularly participates in the programs of the Moscow Conservatory, the Moscow International House of Music, the Concert Hall of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, the Russian National Museum of Music, the Lutheran Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the Central Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art of Andrei Rublev, the State Tretyakov Gallery, etc. The ensemble performed on the stage of the Moscow Academic Musical Theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko and Mariinsky Theater, at the festivals “Moscow Spring a cappella,” “Summer of the Lord” (Suzdal), “See the Music,” the International Lenten Choir Festival, the Moscow Easter Festival, and the Tevlin International Autumn Choir Festival. Arielle was a resident choir of the opera and symphony laboratory New Opera World.
In 2021 they presented the European premiere of Linda Kathleen Smith’s chamber opera Facing South at the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and in 2022 Arielle participated in the world premiere of Alina Podzorova’s children’s opera The Princess and the Swineherd.
Vocal Trio Melody
Trio Melody is a community of three singers:
Svetlana Polyanskaya (soprano) – soloist of the “Vivaldi Orchestra” and the State Choir of Russia. A. A. Yurlova;
Olga Nadezhdina (contralto) – guest soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre, artist of the Theater of Nations and Theaters “School of Modern Play” and “School of Dramatic Art”;
Marina Safonova (soprano) is a soloist of the ensemble of sacred music “Blagovest” and a soloist of the ensemble “Vocademica.”
The trio Melody is a winner of the Grand Prix of the Moscow International Music Festival “We Are for the Peace” in 2021, an Absolute Grand Prix of the “Through Hardships to the Stars” competition in 2022, a 1st-degree laureate of the “Singing Flute” competition-festival in 2022.
The trio regularly participates in concert programs of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, as well as in Moscow and Moscow region estates, such as Muranovo, Serednikovo, Abramtsevo, and others.
Marianna Visotskaya, organist
Vysotskaya has taken part in tours and concerts of the Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory under the direction of Professor Tevlin, the State Academic Chamber Choir under the direction of Professor Minin, the Children’s Choir of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography, State Symphony Orchestra “New Russia” conducted by Bashmet, Gaudenz, Gergiev, Geringas, Currentzis, Latham-Koenig, Lehtinen, Liss, Mazur, G. Marciano, Mastrangelo, Mustonen, Ponkin, Violin, Sladkovsky, S Sondetskis, Spivakov, Thomson, Yurovsky and other conductors.
As a soloist of the Studio for New Music Ensemble of the Moscow Conservatory, she has taken part in international festivals, tours of the ensemble, as well as in CD recordings (MEGADISC, Belgium). Participated in international festivals: Moscow Forum and Moscow Autumn, Europäischer Musik Sommer Berlin, Bridal Organ Festival, Sügisfestival, Dresdner Tage, Kara Karaev Contemporary Music Festival, III Rassegna Organistica “Francesco La Grassa,” etc.
Marianna Vysotskaya is a professor and head of the Department of contemporary music at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and a member of the Union of Composers of Russia.
Elmira Dadasheva, conductor
Graduate of the Faculty of Conducting and Assistant-internship of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Deputy Director of the Moscow State Children’s Music School named after Prokofiev, member of the expert council of the Center for Professional Excellence in the direction of “Choral Art” of the Department of Culture of Moscow.
Dadasheva is the author of the idea and executive director of the International Moscow Master Class for choir conductors CHORUSLAB and the Chief choirmaster of the New Opera World project.
As part of the Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory under the direction of Prof. Tevlin, Elmira took part in international choral music festivals in the UK, Japan, Germany, Italy, China, etc. Since 2012 Elmira has been choirmaster of the Chamber Choir “Pokrov” (artistic director Andrey Goryachev) and has taken part in international projects and festivals in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein (2012, 2014), and Estonia (2013).
Awarded with diplomas of the Committee for Youth Affairs, Culture, and Sports of the Administration of the Odintsovo Municipal District (2011, 2013). Passed professional retraining in the specialty “State Municipal Administration” (2018).
Yulia Petrachuk, soprano
Russian-American soprano Yulia Petrachuk studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland.
Her debut as a professional opera singer was with the State Theater Bern, Switzerland, in 2010. After that, she performed with many other recognized opera companies and concert venues such as Theater Biel (Switzerland), Ash Lawn Opera Festival (US), Opera Ischia (Italy), Dicapo Opera Theater in New York (US), Great Moscow Hall (Russia), Vocal Productions NYC (US), Nova and Opera Camerata in Washington, D.C. (US), Smetana Hall in Prague (Czech Republic), Carnegie Hall in New York (US), Musikverein and Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna (Austria), and many others. Yulia specializes in contemporary opera and other forms of vocal music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has performed many World and US premieres.
Out of her passion and drive to sustain and give lesser-known and unknown music a voice, Yulia Petrachuk founded Lyrica Classic Entertainment as a sounding beacon to deliver superior-level presentation of music. Yulia has robust experience in international performing arts projects, execution, and collaborations in the US and EU.
In addition, through her teaching studio, Ms. Petrachuk instills the love for classical music to new generations.
Olga Nadezhdina, contralto
Graduated from the Academic Music College at the Moscow State Conservatory with a degree in music theory and the Moscow State Open Pedagogical University named after M. A. Sholokhov (department of vocal and musical pedagogy).
Since 2009, she has been a soloist in the Moscow Synodal Choir, the A. D. Kozhevnikov State Academic Moscow Regional Choir. She has worked as a choir artist at the Moscow Stanislavsky Academic Musical Theater.
She performed a leading role in the opera “The Blind” by L. Aeurbakh at the Stanislavsky Musical Theater (as part of Vasily Barkhatov’s Modern Opera Laboratory project).
She successfully performed at the First Volga Sacred Music Festival in Samara, performing the mezzo-soprano part in Metropolitan Hilarion’s Passion for Matthew (conductor Dmitry Kogan), and was also noted at the opening of the M. Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad (2013).
Olga debuted at the Bolshoi Theater in 2012 as Mother Xenia (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov).
Olga is a composer and soloist of the international pop project “Kontraltos Duet” and a soloist of the Melody trio project.
Svetlana Polianskaya, soprano
In 2002 Svetlana graduated from the State Musical and Pedagogical Institute, named after M. M. Ippolitova-Ivanov, majoring in Academic Choir Conducting.
In 2005 she graduated from the State Musical and Pedagogical Institute named after Ippolitova-Ivanova, specialty “Academic Singing,” class of Honored Artist of Russia Nebolsina.
Svetlana is a laureate of the All-Russian competition “Bella Voce” (2002, I prize), a diploma winner of the international competition named after Hariklei Darkle (2003), laureate of the “Romansiade” competition (3rd prize, 2003), a diploma winner of the international competition “Amber Nightingale” (2006), laureate of the Antonin Dvorak International Opera Competition (2nd prize, 2006).
She has been collaborating with well-known choirs of the city of Moscow – the Ensemble of Sacred Music “Blagovest,” the Yurlov Choir Chapel, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kogan, the New Russia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bashmet, the orchestra “Musica viva” conducted by Rudin.
Currently, Svetlana collaborates with the Vivaldi Orchestra, led by the People’s Artist of Russia, Svetlana Bezrodnaya. She is also a soloist and founder of the vocal trio Melody.
Sue Slagle, digital art
Sue Slagle, who goes by the stage name SUE-C, is a video and light artist working at the intersection of creative coding and live performance. For the past 18 years, she has created handmade videos and live media performances, traveling extensively in Europe and the US. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation “instrument,” she synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors, handmade papers, fabrics and miniature lighting effects.
Sue Slagle (SUE-C) is an award-winning artist, engineer and educator whose work in “real time cinema” presents a new, imaginative perspective on live performance. Her evolution as a new media artist began in late-90s San Francisco where she was an influential member of the electronic music scene, owning the experimental record label Orthlorng Musork, organizing audio-visual cultural events and teaching the first creative coding classes in Max Software. After finishing her masters degree in engineering at UC Berkeley she moved to Oakland where she became co-owner of the Ego Park gallery and helped launch the First Friday art walks.
Sue is a Creative Capital awardee and MacDowell Fellow and has been covered in The Wire magazine, BoingBoing and the MIT Press book Programming Media. She has performed at the Library of Congress, REDCAT, Ars Electronica, MUTEK, SONAR, Ann Arbor Film Festival, NPR’s Tiny Desk and Transmediale, collaborating with musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Luc Ferrari, Laetitia Sonami, AGF, Paul DeMarinis, Wobbly, Ava Mendoza and Negativland. Her video installations have been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, LaBoral and Marco Museum. She has held adjunct positions at George Mason University, Mills College, California College of the Arts, Portland Community College and the San Francisco Art Institute and has lectured at Stanford, UCLA and internationally. She is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council as a member of their Touring Artist Roster and has toured the west coast, southwest and east coast in 2021–22, in addition to the UK/EU in 2019.
This concert is funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.