Jan sends along this release…
Decatur High School 2009 graduate Anna Rose Gable brings her singing group, the Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus, here Saturday for a week-long concert tour. As described on the chorus’s web site: “The group was established at Yale in 1969 and performs music from all over the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The Slavic Chorus prides itself on maintaining a diverse repertoire of complex and traditional arrangements. A single concert might see fast-paced Russian songs, soft and mysterious Croatian lullabies, brassy Bulgarian favorites, and many more. We are entirely student-run and -directed, learning from singing masters, sheet music, source recordings, and one another. We strive to do justice to the unique dissonances, rhythms, and vocal qualities of the music we sing, and have even begun to add some traditional folk dancing to our performances!”
When the group performs at the Decatur Library at 2 p.m. Sunday with Ensemble Kalinka, a Russian children’s singing group, Anna Rose will have come full circle. She discovered Slavic music there while in high school, when she checked out a CD of The Bulgarian Women’s Choir. After going online to find out more about the choir, she found video of Yale’s Slavic Chorus and was hooked. Now a Yale senior, Anna Rose joined the chorus as a freshman and acted as its director last year, overseeing production of the group’s latest CD.
Here’s an article about the chorus from the 2012 Yale Daily News | WEEKEND.
Full schedule below.
Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus Atlanta Tour
SATURDAY March 9
7:30 p.m. Decatur School of Ballet 102 Church St., Decatur
Performance for Atlanta International Folkdancers
(For information on the folk dance lesson and party to follow, contact Mary Turlington: [email protected])
SUNDAY March 10
2 p.m. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur
Performance with Ensemble Kalinka
The Slavic Chorus joins Kalinka, the Children’s Folk Ensemble of Atlanta Russian School No. 1, for a free performance in the library’s auditorium.
7:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Parish, 515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur
Concert for the public
Featuring selections from the Chorus’s wide-ranging repertoire of liturgical pieces, folk tunes, jazzy arrangements, and everything in between, from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Croatia, and beyond. Tickets $5-10 suggested donation, sliding scale.
WEDNESDAY March 13
9 p.m. (4WAKO at 10, YSC at 11) The Earl Restaurant and Lounge, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, East Atlanta
Yale Slavic Chorus with 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra
A relaxed evening with our friends at 4WAKO, a nine-piece klezmer-funk-rock-jazz ensemble that performs original compositions and arrangements combining West African rhythms with Eastern European klezmer melodies. Check them out on the cover of August 23’s Creative Loafing Magazine! Tickets $8 at www.tightbros.net.
*This event is 21+
THURSDAY March 14
7:30 p.m. The Goat Farm Arts Center, 1200 Foster St., Atlanta Westside
The Goat Farm Arts Center Presents: Yale Slavic Chorus with Oy Klezmer!
Join us for an evening of music from the old country. Oy Klezmer! will spice up the night with Israeli, Yiddish and Ladino folk tunes, Hasidic music, Klezmer-influenced swing, Yiddish theater songs, dance tunes from all over Eastern Europe, and favorites from the Klezmer masters. Look for some exciting collaborative tunes. Tickets $5-10 suggested donation, sliding scale.
SATURDAY March 16
5 p.m. St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Rd. NE, Atlanta
Celebration of International Women’s Day with the Atlanta Bulgarian School
A concert highlighting the Chorus’s extensive Bulgarian repertoire, featuring folkdancers from the Atlanta Bulgarian School. Tickets $5 students, $10 adults.