The Russian Patriarchate Choir Comes to Peak Performances @ Montclair On Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m. Performing Sacred Music from the Russian Orthodox Church

The performance of the haunting sacred music of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the practice of the religion were not openly permitted during the decades-long Soviet Communist regime in Russia.  The advent of perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union emboldened and allowed Anatoly Grindenko to form the Russian Patriarchate Choir in 1983. Consisting of 12 singer/scholars, this all male choir has spent years decoding and transcribing ancient manuscripts and unearthing the buried treasures of Orthodox Russian sacred music for the male voice—and performing them.

The Russian Patriarchate Choir is the main church choir in its hometown of Trotse-Sergieva Lavra (near Moscow) and performs around the world to resounding acclaim. The New York Times describes the experience of one of their performances as follows: “The response of the full house grew throughout from warm to clamorous…emphatic and dynamic performances.”

Tickets for this performance on Sunday, October 28th at 3pm are only $15.  To order your tickets call the Box Office at 973-655-5112 or order online at  There will be an informal gathering with the performers in the lobby after the performance.

WNYC is a media sponsor for the 2007/2008 Season of Peak Performances @ Montclair.  Peak Performances also acknowledges the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Russian Patriarchate Choir
Peak Performances @ Montclair
Sunday, October 28 at 3pm, Admission: $15
Alexander Kasser Theater
Montclair State University
One Normal Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey

973 655 5112,

 Media Contact:

Alfred R. Fredel 973.655.3004

Released: October 4, 2007