Pennsylvania Oct.28, 1930
RUSSIAN CHOIR THRILLS HEARERS Performance 'Re sembles Huge Orchestra Rather Than Human Voices First in the season's series of Haas; concerts, the Russian Symphonic . choir last night sang at the atrand - theatre. Music lovers could not have welcomed a more unique and thrilling thrilling performance Under the magnetic leadership of Basile Kibalchich, who organized the first Russian Symphonic Symphonic Choir, the large audience was held enthralled for almost, twa hours. - It has been said truthfully, that the performance of this group of artists rerembles a magnificent orchestra. ' Kibalchich, in his direction and arrangement, arrangement, brought this out so clearly clearly last night that the listener could hardly believe that the music was made by human voices had not the choir; been there before them. Some times the orchestra becomes an crgan playing sweet, muted tunes and again it was more truly a choir bringing out all the glory of the different ranges of the human - voice. Church Music Given The first part of the program was devoted entirely to the religion'; music of the OreeV. Catholic Church. These selections were full of the ricji volume and dignity characteristic of their type. The entire programme was sung in Russian. The well - known "Pilgrim's Chorus" from "Tann - hau?er," by Wagner, was interpreted by humming and was perfectly sung. Following this were two selections, one "On the Steppes," full of pathos and "The Harvest Song,'' by Tschai - fcowski. telling a brief story of peasant ;'fe and romance. The audience nar - tieularly enjoyed "The Bells of Novgorod" Novgorod" arranged by Kibalchich. with the realistic "boom - clang" of the bells as a background for the sweet melody of the women's voices. Throughout the concert the performers performers seemed reallv to m.ioy thorn - r.elves and made the entire evening a vivid one for the audience. Several encores were eiven which delighted th, 3'irfience .yv their rutin - swing. The last five numbers on the pro gram were folk songs set to music by Kibalchich himself. The choir consisted of 10 women and nine dressed picturesquely in colorful tunics of red and blue with sparkling headdress. The men wore rich, red Cossack coats and big boots. They sang "a cappilo." The audience was delighted and was enthusiatic from the first, being exceedingly liberal with its applause. During the first intermission George D. Haage. under whose dire' ion the concert series is brought to Reading, announced that there will be a lecture lecture on the various programs 'by Theodore A. Hunt, of the music department department of Albright college, preceding preceding each of the remaining concerts concerts of the series. These lectures will be given at Wittich hall, 625 Prnn st., the first on Monday eve - n:ne, December 1, when the program to be presented here by the Cleveland Cleveland Orchestra, on IJecember 4, will be discussed by Hunt. Admission will te free and the affair will be open to the public.