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October 22, 1999

Moscow Boys Choir Sets Wyman Series Debut

By Emily Felling
UW-RF News Bureau

The Moscow Boys Choir, one of Russia's most prestigious all-boy choirs, has made the University of Wisconsin-River Falls a stop on its North American tour.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, the 33-voice choir will present a seasonal concert at 7:30 p.m. in the North Hall Auditorium. The concert is $5 for students and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk of the Hagestad Student Center.

The Moscow Boys Choir's appearance is part of this year's Helen and Walker Wyman Performance Series, which is featuring special performances to celebrate UW-RF's 125th anniversary.

"The Choir was coming close to our area, and the students felt they'd be an excellent addition to the program," said Kaye Schendel, Wyman Series coordinator. "I feel we are real lucky to have them as part of their tour."

The Moscow Boys Choir is the second boys choir to perform at UW-RF since the Vienna Boys Choir did about six years ago, according to Schendel.

The Moscow Boys Choir was founded in 1957, and since 1966 has been under the direction of Ninel Kamburg. The boys receive both musical training and general education at a special school in Moscow and are hand-picked from more than 400 students at the institution.

In addition to North America, the Moscow Boys Choir has successfully toured across Russia and the European Continent.

To kick off the Millennium, they will present a special holiday program to audiences throughout the holiday season. They also will perform some of the traditional holiday songs from previous tours, such as "We

Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Silver Bells," excerpts from Handel's Messiah, and from Bernstein's "Gloria" and "Kyrie." The Moscow Boys Choir has received laudatory reviews from music critics around the United States.

A critic from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted: "The Moscow Boys Choir gave an articulate, polished and precise performance of a challenging and varied program. A superb blend and the kind of ensemble cohesiveness that comes from years of working together made them soar."

For more information, call 715/425-4911.

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