World-famous Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to Tour the Eastern United States
About the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was established by Roger McMurrin in 1993. His Goal was to introduce the Ukrainian audience to the great masterpieces of Western classical music, especially those that were forbidden in this country during the 70 years of Soviet rule.
Since 1993 the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus has grown into the largest private orchestra-choral group in Ukraine.
It comprises of 100 singers and 65 orchestra players. The instrumentalists are the best master players among the six state orchestras; these individuals were handpicked to make-up this dynamic Symphony.
Roger McMurrin says "Many people ask me, 'You work with musicians around the world. What do you think of Ukrainian musicians?' Ukraine has some of the finest instrumental and vocal talent in the world. The land of Horowitz, Prokofiev, and Isaac Stern is still producing the premiere talent for the world stage."
In the course of eleven years the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus has given over 200 concerts and recorded 14 CD's. Their repertoire includes Handel's Messiah, Bach's B Minor Mass and Magnificat, the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, Berlioz, Durufle and Faure, the Glorias of Poulenc and Rutter, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, music by George Gershwin and Aaron Copland, Christmas Carols and African-American spirituals.
The KSOC has premiered several works in the Ukrainian language. These are Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's St. Matthew Passion (both works were staged in the National Opera of Ukraine) and the German Requiem by Brahms. The group produced and performed West Side Story, a classic musical by Leonard Bernstein. Productions have been in English and Ukrainian.
Many of the concerts of the KSOC are televised to every home in Ukraine (a nation of 48 million people) on channel #1. The concerts are regularly broadcast by the leading national radio stations.
Ministry through the splendor of His music
Music Mission Kiev is the non-profit organization through which the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus operates, primarily in Kiev, Ukraine, but also here in the United States.
In addition to the ministry of Music, Music Mission Kiev also operates a variety of care ministries to orphans, widows, and the people of the former Soviet Union.
To learn more, visit the website at www.MusicMissionKiev.org.