Kibalchich in Harrisburg, Pensylvania, Feb. 15, 1934
rich in folk - lore BASILE KIBALCHICH Basile Kibalchich Is director of the Russian Symphonic Choir, to be presented here next Thursday night, February 22 In the Forum of the State Education Building, under the All Star Concert Series. He was born in Tchernigoff, South ern Russia, In the center of a region folk songs and choral singing. He showed musical talent at an early age and when he was only twelve was called upon to lead a large vocal choir. special stand had to be built to ac commodate the budding conductor. Later, Mr. Kibalchich studied In the class of Rimsky - Korsakoff, one of Russia's greatest composers since Tchaikowsky. He perfected him self on the cello but choral con ducting still occupied his mind. In 1906 he was Invited to lead the most famous of Russia's choral or ganizations, the Archangelsky Choir of Petrograd. Six years later he made a two - year tour of Rus sia as conductor of the Choir of Petrograd Conservatory of Music and thus gained a national reputa tlon, particularly because of his original ideas in scoring for choral bodies. In 1912 Mr. Kibalchich ac oepted the position as choir con ductor at the Russian Cathedral of Geneva, Switzerland, and soon thereafter he became choir conductor conductor of the Russian Cathedral in Paris. It was at this period of his that he organized his first Russian Russian Symphonic Choir, so called because he built it on the same lines as a symphony orchestra. He began to tour Europe and in a short time was recognized by the world.