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Beaver Falls concert features Russian folk singers

St Petersburg Mens Ensemble 2

BEAVER FALLS — An acclaimed vocal quartet from Russia will perform Thursday at Central United Methodist Church in Beaver Falls.

The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble will sing excerpts from a single sacred work, Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil,” in the first portion of the program. After a brief intermission, the ensemble will sing a selection of Russian folk songs from a variety of genres and periods, such as “The Volga Boatman Song.”

Following the 6 p.m. concert, Central Church will host an informal reception with light refreshments, where concertgoers will be able to chat with the performers. A selection of the quartet’s CDs will be available as well as native Russian craft items.

This marks the second straight year the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble has entertained at Central United Methodist as part of the church’s community outreach ministry.

“The concert on October 22, 2014, was a huge success, and we asked our new friends to keep Central Church in mind if their future travels could again bring them within an acceptable distance so we could have them perform here once again,” Charles Aley, president of the church’s board of trustees said.

In order for the concert to occur, Central Church was required to send a letter to the Consulate General at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to certify the performance was part of an important cultural exchange.

“We hoped that providing an opportunity to attend such a concert would also be a blessing to those around us,” Aley said. “We also contacted over 20 churches in the Beaver Falls area to invite their folks to attend as well.”

There’s no admission charge and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be accepted with proceeds going to the ensemble.

The church is located in downtown Beaver Falls at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 13th Street.

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