Turetsky Choir Art Group
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|The Turetsky Men's Chorus|
From left to right: Oleg Blyahorchuk, Evgeny Tulinov, Vyacheslav Fresh, Konstantin Kabo, Mikhail Kuznetsov, Mikhaill Turetsky, Alex Alexandrov, Boris Goryachev, Evgeny Kulmis and Igor Zverev, performing at the Green Theater (Moscow), 2011.
|Genres||Vocal, Crossover, A cappella|
|Years active||1989- present|
|Members||Mikhail Turetsky, Evgeny Tulinov, Mikhail Kuznetsov, Alex Alexandrov, Evgeny Kulmis, Boris Goryachev, Oleg Blyahorchuk, Igor Zverev, Konstantin Kabo, Vyacheslav Fresh|
|Past members||Arthur Keish, Valentin Suhodolets|
Turetsky Choir (Russian: Хор Турецкого) (art group) is a Russian men's a cappella ensemble and musical collective under the direction of Mikhail Turetsky. Their voices range from tenore contraltino to basso profundo.
The Turetsky Men's Choir was established at the Moscow Choral Synagogue. The chorus made its debut in 1990 with Jewish liturgical and folk music in the philharmonic halls of Tallinn and Kaliningrad. Their repertoire has grown since to include opera, spiritual, folk and pop music in 10 different languages.
In his blog "Teruah Jewish Music" Jack Zaientz wrote, "I don't know if any of the choir members, including Turetsky, are Jewish or what being Jewish might mean to them... And I'm not sure how much it matters. Seeing a bunch of seriously good male vocalists singing Jewish music to a huge crowd of Russians, in the face of the centuries of discrimination that Russian Jews have faced, does my heart proud.But still it is TURETSKY Choir"
The Milestones of The Turetsky Choir
- 1989 — Chorus formation by Mikhail Turetsky (founder and conductor) the Moscow Choral Synagogue
- 1990 — Thanks to the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Choir made its official debut at the Moscow Choral Synagogue in 1990 and ever since, has been a vehicle throughout Russia for renewed interest in Jewish heritage. Music which was near extinction since 1917 was able to be heard again and is now a staple throughout Russia's synagogues. The Choir made its first concerts in Kaliningrad, Tallinn, Chisinau, Kiev, Leningrad, Moscow and other cities.
- 1991–1992 — Performances in the United States. The Choir sang in Washington, D.C. for Congress at the Chanukah celebration, the Park East Synagogue in New York, at Carnegie and Merkin Halls. They were invited to sing in Spain at the event, commemorating the 500th year since the Spanish expulsion of the Jews (participation in "Por Me Espiritu" festival together with Plácido Domingo, Isaak Stern, Zubin Meta's Orchestra). The event was attended by representatives of Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Greece, Morocco and China.
- 1993–1994 — Tours in England, Israel, United States, Poland. In 1993, the American Cantor Association awarded Mikhail Turetsky with the Golden Crown of the Cantors of the World Award. This award has been given to only eight people in the world.
- 1995–1996 — The Choir splits into two parts. One part stays in Moscow, the other goes to Miami, FL to work at the Temple Emmanu-El Synagogue. The "American" soloists become "honored Citizens of Miami. The Choir performs together with Julio Iglesias. The repertoire of the Choir grows to include folk songs, opera arias, Broadway classics, jazz pieces . When the group returned to Moscow in 1996 they caught the attention of Yuri Lujkov, the Mayor of Moscow, who named the group Moscow's official Jewish Choir of the government.
- 1997 — The group took part in over 100 concerts in Iosif Kobzon's Russian farewell tour. "The Turetsky Choir" was recognized as a "state choir".
- 1998–1999 — The Choir tours the CIS, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, and the United States. During the Choir's stay in the US, February 6 is announced the "Day of the Moscow Jewish Choir".
- 2000–2001 — Joint tour with Iosif Kobzon. Performances in Israel, the USA, Australia, Germany, the CIS. The Choir performs on the stage of the Moscow State Variety Theatre.
- 2002 — Mikhail Turetsky receives the title "Honored Artist of the Russian Federation" for his achievements in art.
- 2002–2003 — Touring the United States and Europe.
- January 2004 — The first solo performance of the "Turetsky Choir Art Group." The Program «The Ten Voices that Overwhelmed the World" brought Mikhail the title of the Man of the Year 2004 in the nomination "Cultural Event of the Year" of the national "The Man of the Year Award."
- December 2004 — The Turetsky Choir presents the program "When Men Are Singing" in the State Kremlin Palace with participation of Emma Chaplin and Gloria Gaynor.
- January 2005 — Performing at the best concert halls of the United States in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago.
- 2005–2006 — Turetsky Choir's Anniversary Tour "Born to Sing" in more than 100 cities of Russia and the CIS.
- 2006–2007 — Turetsky Choir tours 70 cities of Russia and the CIS with the program "Music of All Times and Peoples"
- 2007 — Turetsky Choir receives the Russian Music Award "Record 2007" for the best classical album of the year (the Collector's edition of the "Great Music" ), the Choir is recognized for the children's charity concert "Be Kind-Hearted Today!". The concert of the group for children at the main platform of the country in the State Kremlin Palace which passed in March the 27-th with support of the Moscow’s Government and the Committee of Culture of the Moscow-city became the bright beginning of the action. More than 5,000 children (gifted and talented children, children from socially unprotected and having many children families, children-invalids) have visited the concert. Turetsky Choir gets a Yearly National "Emotion" Award in the category "Respect".
- 2007–2008 — "Hallelujah to Love" Tour around Russia and the CIS. The Choir gives a record-breaking number of concerts in Moscow. The «Turetsky Choir» performs 4 times at the Kremlin Palace, and have one additional concert at State Concert Hall "Rossiya" (ru: ГЦКЗ "Россия"), in Luzhniki.
- 2008–2009 — Touring Russia, the CIS, and the USA with the new program "And the Show Goes On..."
- 2010–2011 — anniversary tour "20 years: 10 voices"
- 2011 — tour "The beginning" starts.
|Soloist||Started to sing in the choir|
|Mikhail Turetsky — tenor, National Artist of the Russian Federation, founder and the leader of the "Turetsky Choir" Art Group.
Mikhail was born in Moscow in 1962. He received a degree in «Choir Conducting» from the Gnesins' Academy of Music. Following an internship as a symphonic conductor, he conducted at the Children's Chapel, the Political Song Ensemble and the choir of the Yuri Sherling Theater. Since 1990 he is the organizer, conductor and art-project director (choirmaster) of the male choir of the Moscow Choral Synagogue. Now it is well known as the Choir of Mikhail Turetsky (Turetsky's Choir).
|Alex Alexandrov — dramatic baritone
He is one of the Choir's youngest soloists as well as the most veteran. Alex is also an assistant choreographer. Many of the dance pieces in our concerts were staged with his help. He perfectly covers the voices of other pop stars like Toto Cutugno and Boris Moiseev.
Born in Moscow in 1972. He graduated from the Choral Singing College named after Sveshnikov and The Gnesins' Academy of Music.
|Evgeny Kulmis – bass-profondo, director of the choir in the past, poet.
Bass-profundo is a rear natural voice and no ordinary bass. It acquires very low notes, much lower than in a bass. This sound is more authentically cantorial.
He was born near the city of Chelyabinsk in the Southern Urals in 1966. His rise in the musical world began as a pianist. He graduated Gnessins Russian Music Academy, and then became a postgraduate specializing in Musicology (the Department of Music History, Theory, and Composing). Evgeny Kulmis is the author of poems, translations of selected musical compositions, executed by the choir. For example, he wrote the text accompanying the original compositions in "Twilight" of the Electric Light Orchestra.
|Evgeny Tulinov — dramatic operatic tenor, Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation, assistant art director and a professional choir conductor.
Born in Moscow in 1964. He graduated from the Music College at the Moscow Conservatory and from The Gnesins' Academy of Music. In his first student years, Tulinov sang liturgy in the Church of Saint John the Warrior, conducted the choir at the Recreation Centre and worked in the "Male Chamber Choir" conducted by V. M. Rybin.
|Mikhail Kuznetsov — tenor altino, Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation. Tenor altino is very rare natural voice. He can sing both male and female arias.
Born in Moscow in 1962, Kuznetsov graduated from The Gnesins' Academy of Music. Then he sang in the Moscow Chamber Choir conducted by Vladimir Minin and in the Male Choir of the publishing department of the "Moscow Patriarchy" magazine.
|Oleg Blyahorchuk, lyric tenor, multi-instrumentalist (he plays the piano, guitar, accordion, melodica).
Was born in 1966 in the city of Minsk in Belarus. He studied at Minsk Musical College. At his third year in college Oleg had his own vocal and instrumental group, in which he simultaneously was the leader, vocalist and keyboardist. After college, he entered the Minsk State Conservatoire in the specialty "choral conducting". He worked in the choir of the Belarus Radio and TV Company, where the main conductor was V.V. Rovdo, a student of People's Artist of the USSR A.V. Sveshnikov. Blyahorchuk then became a soloist of the concert orchestra of the Republic of Belarus under the leadership of Mikhail Finberg.
|Igor Zverev — bass
Born in 1968, in Moscow Region. He graduated from The Department of Choral Conducting of the Moscow Academy of Arts and Culture. He worked as a professional singer in the Academic Song and Dance Company of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation and then in the Polyansky's State Academic Symphonic Capella.
|Boris Goryachev — lyric baritone
Born in Moscow, in 1971. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. Boris Goryachev worked in the Men's Chamber Choir "Akathist" under the management AV Malyutin. The team performed Russian spiritual music, which was then new and popular. In 1995 Goryachev joined the choir "Peresvet" as well as performing in his own quartet spiritual and Russian folk music. Boris and the "Turetsky Choir" met in 2003.
|Konstantin Kabo — baritone tenor
Born in Moscow in 1974. Graduated from Sveshnikov Musical College and The Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS). He sang in musicals including "Nord-Ost", "12 Chairs", "Romeo and Juliet", "Mama Mia". Simultaneously, he wrote the music for the program "The Circus on Ice".
|Vyacheslav Fresh — counter-tenor (highest pitch of all male voices, which is equal to female contralto or mezzo-soprano).||2009|
|High Holidays (Jewish religious songs)
|Star Duets (ru:Звёздные дуэты)
|Une vie d’amour (ru:Такая великая любовь)
|When the Men Sing (ru:Когда поют мужчины) (Concert in Haifa, DVD, 2004)
|When the Men Sing (Concert in Moscow, DVD, 2004)
|Born to Sing (ru:Рожденные петь)
|Great Music (2 CD + DVD) (ru:Великая музыка)
Great Music DVD
|Moscow – Jerusalem (ru:Москва-Иерусалим) (2 CD + DVD)
Moscow – Jerusalem CD1
Moscow – Jerusalem CD2
Moscow – Jerusalem DVD
|Music of all times (ru:Музыка всех времен) (CD + 2 DVD)
CD: Music of all time
DVD 1: Music of all times (The Kremlin – 2006, Live)
DVD2:Hallelujah to Love (ru:Аллилуйя любви) / Kremlin Live DVD – 2008
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Choirs.|
- Zaientz, Jack (March 30, 2011). "The Turetsky Men's Choir – the Russian Jewish answer to Riverdance". Retrieved 11 July 2013.
- http://www.arthor.ru/ Official website