Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Party at Campanella

`On Saturday, March 7, the Campanella Educational Center held a spring party filled with music, art and treats.

During the party, we put on a multimedia performance that has become our hallmark, pairing the music by Sergei Rachmaninoff with paintings by Mikhail Vrubel, Isaac Levitan and Pavel Fedotov. In doing so, we tried to show how the artists were informed by music and written word. Vrubel drew upon the Russian folklore and myths in general, while Fedotov gave a satiric take on the lives of Russia's early-19th century middle class. We also hoped that our event will help bring people together.

Each painting we displayed was paired with one of Rachmaninoff's pieces, which each piece chosen to match the mood of the painting. Vrubel's "Demons." for example, was paired  with a fragment from Rachmaninoff's "Six Moments."

During the performance, we also recreated "The Major's Marriage Proposal," one of Fedotov's most iconic paintings.

The Major's Marriage Proposal by Pavel Fedotov

Our recreation

After the performance ended, we had outselves some bliny - traditional Russian pancakes similar to crepes. Nicole Koutun, Sophia Korobov, Stella Golod, Talia Kasman made the bliny, while others brought stuffing. Alexandra Lodkin brought jam, Alice Kreston and Elli Fomin brought Nutella, Anna Starobinets, Alice Kapmar and Dorina Snezhkov brought fruits and berries, and Sonya Privin brought cake. And, for those who don't like bliny, we had plenty of other food

You can see more pictures of the event at our Facebook page.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Campanella Receives Young Singers Foundation Grant

Campanella Choir took part in last year's Festival of Gold
The Campanella Children's Choir received a $500 grant from the Young Singers Foundation.

The grant will be used to help the choir attend this year's Festival of Gold. The annual event brings together choirs from all over United States. Each choir gets one-on-one coaching and advice from renowned adjudicators and conductors. The choirs also get to perform at some of the most prestigious venues in the country. You can read about our experience at last year's festival here.

The Young SingersFoundation is a non-profit organization that works to help kids and teenagers participate in music programs. They believe that music is a vital part of education, allowing them to develop creativity, increase their self-worth and learn self-discipline and teamwork. They set up grants and a scholarship to give the talented kids opportunities to get musical education they would otherwise never get. Every year, hundreds of organizations from all across United States applied, but we're among the lucky ones to get it. We are proud and honored to be able to say that. 

While the grant will go a long way toward helping us attend the Festival of Gold, it won't cover everything. Join Young Singers Foundation in supporting Campanella's journey to the festival. If you are interested in donating to us – or if you know someone who might be able to donate to us – please don't hesitate to contact us.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Campanella Children’s Choir Brings Music, Poetry to Nortbrook Library

Campanella choristers sing at the Northbrook Library
There wasn’t a free seat in the house as Campanella Children’s Choir, the Chicago Trio and guitarist Mikhail Sytchev got ready for an Evening of Music and Poetry.
For poems, we drew upon the classical tradition as well, using poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and William Wordsworth. In a slightly more contemporary touch, we used Morning by Leonid Aronzon as a final poem.

Guitarist Mikhai Sytchev
Some pieces were performed entirely by the Chicago Trio (guitarist Natalya Chernysh, cellist Irene Schweizer and piaonist Diana Kofman). Sytchev performed some pieces solo. Some of the pieces featured individual choir members performing solo, while others had the choir perform together. And for some songs, all of the musicians and singers at the concert joined together to perform something beautiful.

The Chicago Trio
It was the notion of joining together that inspired Campanella Choir Artistic Director Marianna Kosaya and art historian Tanya Ilina to out together a concert that featured both music and poetry. Kosaya explained that poetry and music are intrinsically intertwined, informing and inspiring each other. Together, they could lead to something that’s greater than the sum of its parts.  

Parisian Salon Concert Series founder Didier Lapauw introduced Campanella Choir
The concert was part of the Parisian Salon Concerts series, which runs monthly at the Nortbrook Library. The series was founded by Didier Lepauw, a former first violinist at the Paris Symphony. Lepauw wanted to put together a concert series that took inspiration from the salons of old and showcased talented musicians from across Chicago area. The Campanella Choir was honored to be a part of it.

And, by the looks of things, the audience enjoyed it, too. There were so many people attending that some of them had to stand. And when the concert ended, the entire room erupted in thunderous applause.

Our Evening of Music and Poetry was a great event, and we have many more in store. Please visit our Facebook page to follow the latest information about our upcoming events.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pushkin's Fairy Tales Concert (With Music By Rimsky-Korsakov) Celebrates the Power of Timeliness Stories

On December 20, the St. Giles Episcopal Church was transformed into a fairytale kingdom as Campanella Children's Choir's younger choristers performed to the music based on fairy tales written by acclaimed Russian poet and writer Alexander Pushkin.

Campanella Choir performs at Puskin's Fairy Tales concert
Pushkin is widely regarded as one of Russia's greatest poets and one of the founders of Russian literature. A writer since the age of 15, he wrote hundreds of poems and novels. Most Russian children grew up hearing their parents read Pushkin's fairy tales. But the distinguished author remains unknown to many Americans.

With the Puskin's Fairy Tales concert, Campanella Children's Choir set out to bring the beauty Pushkin's verse and share it with the community.