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Pride of Russia
September 30, 2015   
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The famous Alexandrov Ensemble, one of the most famous music and dance groups produced by the former Soviet Union, is returning to Poland for an extensive tour this autumn.

The Alexandrov Ensemble is known for spectacular shows polished to the finest detail. Dancers wearing traditional, colorful outfits, musicians and choir members dressed in military uniforms, together with carefully selected soloists and seasoned choreographers guarantee a top-notch performance.

The Alexandrov Ensemble has toured Poland many times before, but this time, it is bringing a new repertoire featuring Polish songs they have never previously performed in concert. But if you are looking forward to hearing well-known Russian songs such as “Katyusha,” “Kalinka” and “Ochi chyornye,” you will not be disappointed either.

The Alexandrov Ensemble is named after its founder and first director Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, a professor at a music conservatory in Moscow, who formed the group in 1928 with only 12 members. What started as a Red Army dance group gradually evolved into Russia’s national music ensemble.

The Alexandrov Ensemble became the pride of the Soviet Union and during World War II, it gave almost 1,500 concerts on the Eastern Front and in the Pacific, spurring soldiers to combat and helping them survive those hard times. After the war, the group came to Berlin to give a peace concert in 1948.

The Alexandrov Ensemble has to date given thousands of concerts in 80 countries. The figures are as impressive as the number of ensemble members—there are around 60 dancers and a 40-piece orchestra (mostly wind instruments, accordions and mandolins), in addition to 100 choir singers and soloists.

Currently directed by Leonid Malev, the Alexandrov Ensemble is regarded as one of the best male choirs in the world.

Its repertoire comprises more than 2,000 songs, including wartime songs, folk and national songs, religious music, classical pieces by Russian and foreign composers and contemporary pop classics.

Tour dates:
Nov. 19—Warsaw
Nov. 20—Białystok
Nov. 21—ŁódĽ
Nov. 22—Płock
Nov. 23—Bydgoszcz
Nov. 24—Elbl±g
Nov. 25—Gdańsk
Nov. 26—Szczecin
Nov. 28—Jastrzębie-Zdrój
Nov. 29—Wałbrzych
Nov. 30—Zabrze
Dec. 1—Cracow
Dec. 2—Lubin

Tickets: www.ebilet.pl, www.ticketpro.pl, www.bilety24.pl, www.kupbilecik.pl, www.eventim.pl, Empik stores
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