MERIDEN — The Russian a cappella chorus at Yale University will perform a variety of music, including secular pieces and folklore, on Sunday at First United Methodist Church on East Main Street.
“Our mission is to promote cultural understanding,” said Yale Russian Chorus member and doctoral student Michael Lo Piano. “We have a wide array of music.”
The free concert is part of Connecticut General Concert series and is ahead of the chorus’ concert tour in Russia at the end of May. It be the first Russian tour for the group, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary, in more then two decades.
The group was chosen by the U.S. State Department as a cultural attache to Russia and was awarded a grant. Recently the chorus did a winter tour in Florida as part of Orthodox Christmas before performing in Illinois earlier this month.
The concert Sunday will be held at noon after the 10 a.m., service.
The chorus will perform in the sanctuary to give church members and the public the opportunity to hear music from Russia, the Ukraine and other Slavic cultures.
“The response is tremendous,” Lo Piano said.
Performing at First United Methodist will be a special opportunity for Lo Piano, who grew up in the church.
“Much of what we perform is music for numbers of people, not just Russian,” he said. “It’s an amazing experience.”
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