Chicago-Based Russian Choirs Visit Albion for Strickler Concert

Chicago’s Golosa Russian Choir and Ensemble Alioni treat Albion to an afternoon of traditional Russian and Georgian music for the 2013 David L. Strickler Memorial Concert. The music starts Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel.

Golosa is a Russian folk choir founded in 1997 at the University of Chicago with the mission of preserving and promoting traditional of folk singing. Golosa's diverse repertoire is gathered from diverse sources, including old Soviet Melodiya recordings and contemporary artists. The ensemble has traveled to the remote Siberian Transbaikal region, discovering and researching Cossack folk songs, in order to present this unique music in an authentic style.

Ensemble Alioni, directed by Albion College choral director Clayton Parr, performs Georgian folk songs, whose traditional polyphonic style is designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The David L. Strickler Concert series was established in 1992 by Albion College alumni and other friends of Strickler and of Albion College. The series recognizes Strickler’s long tenure (1943-76) as conductor of the Albion College Choir by inviting distinguished choral ensembles to Albion College and the Albion community.

This performance is free and open to the public. For more information about music department events, email or call 517/629-0481.