One of the most renowned spiritual Russian choirs, the Sretensky Monastery Choir will perform in Belgrade, on May 17th, at 7:30 pm, at Sava Centre.
The choir was founded 600 years ago, in 1397, the same year as the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow was founded. The Choir was inactive during the Soviet times due to the years of government persecution.
In 2005, with a blessing of Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov), Nikon Stepanovich Zhila was appointed the head of the choir. The members of the Sretensky Monastery Choir are seminarians, i.e. seminary students and graduates of the Moscow Sretensky Seminary and Academy. No less important part of the collective is the vocalists from the Moscow Academy of Choral Art, the Moscow Conservatory, and the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music.
In addition to regular Divine Services at the Sretensky monastery, the Sretensky Monastery Choir sings in the most solemn Patriarchal Services in the Moscow Kremlin, participates in international music competitions and missionary journeys of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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