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Rachmaninoff Vespers Sing-Along

Slavyanka Chorus

Slavyanka Chorus Rachmaninoff Vespers Sing-Along

If you’ve ever sung Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil (aka “Vespers”), you know what a moving and thrilling piece of music it is.

Regardless of whether you've sung it before…here’s your chance to experience singing it for fun and pleasure with Slavyanka and our amazing native Russian Artistic Director, Irina Shachneva! Professionally trained as a choral conductor in Russia, Irina brings a lifetime of experience in Russian choral music and the music of the Russian Orthodox Church. Even if you have sung this piece before, you will come away with a deeper and richer understanding of the musical and spiritual foundations of this extraordinary piece.

On Sunday afternoon, June 23, Slavyanka Chorus invites you to a Singalong of the All Night Vigil – 4:00 PM at Star of the Sea School Auditorium, (located off 8th Avenue just behind Star of the Sea Church, 4420 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco). And more good news! There’s easy parking in the lot directly behind the church (access from Eighth Avenue).

Do you have to read or speak Russian? No – we work with easy to read transliterated scores.
Do you have to have sung the piece before, or be a trained singer? No again – we’re not preparing this piece for a concert, this is simply for the joy of singing a great piece of music together.

If you'd like to practice a bit before June 23, we have on-line resources (e.g., mp3 audio files for each part) that you can use after you've registered for the event.

The All Night Vigil is rightly considered the greatest piece of sacred music of the Russian Orthodox tradition. Drawing on the 1000 year history of Russian choral music, Rachmaninoff incorporated the ancient chants of the church into an entirely new and complex polyphonic form – and in the process giving them an expanded depth, color and spiritual resonance. The result is a sublime musical and spiritual statement of one of Russia’s greatest composers.

More information and sign up details at Please RSVP at the website and pay the low $15 registration fee (or $20 if you need a score), so we know how many people are coming- this will be a popular event. Questions? 510-798-7966.

Here’s hoping you can come and join us!

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

All Night Vigil (aka "Vespers") - choral sing-along


Irina Shachneva

Professionally trained Russian choral conductor

Irina Shachneva

Russian Orthodox Church music specialist

Irina Shachneva

Experienced interpreter of Rachmaninoff's choral works