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« on: October 14, 2003, 03:13:11 PM »

http://www.valaam.sarvdev.com/

Looks like the monks are visiting the US and singing in various places.  There are at least two or three "shows" that I might be able to attend, even one way up here in the Capital Region.  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2003, 04:34:48 PM »

From the site, it doesn't look like the actual monks, but a 'singing ensemble' - maybe doing the same music.  It's 5 men and a woman manager and all the men (or most) are neatly groomed.  To me, it looks rather doubtful that they're monks.  I was surprised that they were even performing at a...gasp..baptist church!
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2003, 05:08:25 PM »

Ah.  I presumed it was the monks.  That's disappointing.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2003, 10:52:14 PM »

I wonder if this is the same group from Valaam Island in Russia that is scheduled to give a concert of sacred music at my church sometime in November.  My priest did say the group we were expecting were from the Valaam Monastery and that they had already arrived in the USA.

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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2003, 03:03:31 PM »

This group I think tours pretty frequently, because I've heard of them before.  As for them not being monks... it's actually very common for the bigger monastaries, such as Troitsa Sergiva Lavra, Danilov Monostir, and several others to actually have professional (meaning paid) singers.  It's also very common in churches in Russia to do the same, especially big cathedrals.  These people are usually very religious, and though not clergy or monastics, they still devote a great deal of time, if not their entire lives to work for the church through music.
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2003, 08:50:47 PM »

There is a Valaam Singing Institute that has released several CDs on Russian CD and other labels that are "chant friendly."  I believe it is a fairly similar circumstance to what Ania described.
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