The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has invited The Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble (troupe) to perform in December. Under the baton of chief conductor Colonel Nikolay Rabovskiy, the troupe will perform its spectacular brand of Russian dance, military songs, traditional folk tunes and movie theme songs for local audiences.
The troupe was formed in the former USSR Strategic Missile Forces in January 1977. By 1989, the work of the troupe was no longer limited to entertaining the troops, but also included participating in arts festivals in many Russian cities. It then progressed to Moscow's top concert halls and eventually embarked on foreign tours to Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and the United States. The group has also performed regularly on radio and television. Thanks to the distinctive creative nature of the ensemble, with its youthful personnel averaging just 27 years of age, the ensemble is regarded as one of the leading performing groups among Russia's armed forces.
Nikolay Rabovskiy was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and showed great interest in playing piano and singing when he was young. He graduated from the prestigious Gnesin Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. In 1981, Rabovskiy was invited to be assistant conductor of the Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble. In 2009, he was promoted to Chief Conductor of the Ensemble and given the rank of Colonel. He is currently Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble.
The performances will start at 8pm. Details are as follows:
December 29 (Thursday): Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall.
The programme includes Aleksandrov's "Sacred War"; Vassily – Soloviev's "On the March"; Terentiev's "Regimental Polka"; Movcesian's "The Hearts of the Rocket Troupers"; Dunaevski's "Oy, the Kalina is Blooming"; Ukrainian folk song "Stable The Horses"; Gypsy Romance "Dark Eyes"; Russian folk songs, "Blue light", "Swarthy Woman"; and the dance ensemble performances "Yarmorka", "Festival of Joy" and others.
December 30 (Friday): Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall.
The programme includes Terentiev's "Regimental Polka"; Knipper's "Meadowland"; Movie theme song "Sunrise, Sunset"; American folk song "Shenandoah"; Ukrainian folk song "Stable The Horses"; Gypsy romance "Dark Eyes"; Russian folk songs "The Evening Bell", "My Living Love" and the dance ensemble performances "Ukrainian Hopak Dance", "Holiday on the Don River" and others.
The Red Star Red Army Chorus (Russia) is one of the attractions of the "Cheers!" Series. Tickets priced from $100 to $260 are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by credit card telephone booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20 per cent is offered for the "Cheers!" Series and group bookings. Please refer to the programme leaflet for details.
For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit www.urbtix.hk; for more information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/000002f3.html.
Ends/Thursday, December 1, 2011