Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic

Krasnoyarsk State Song Ensemble “KrassA” (Beauty)


Anatoly Khlopkov

Artistic director of the ensemble “KrassA” (Beauty),” Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, honored the All-Russian Musical Society, chairman of the Krasnoyarsk regional musical society, winner of the Krasnoyarsk Territory in the field of traditional folk art and culture, the holder of the medal of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland, II degree.”

Repeated winner of international and national festivals ensemble “Krassa” is a professional team of great artists, formed in 1970. At the beginning it was named “Siberian Zori” (Siberian Dawns), its organizer and leader was Anatoly Filimonov. In 1975 the ensemble was awarded the title “national”. In August 1984 the leadership of the choral group was taken by Anatoly Slams – Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, honored activist of the All-Russian Musical Society, chairman of the Krasnoyarsk regional musical society, winner of the Krasnoyarsky Krai Prize in traditional folk art and culture, the holder of the medal of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland II degree. With the arrival the team started the path of changes.

In 2001, according to the regional Parliament and Administration decision for the first time in the history of Krasnoyarsky Krai, on the basis of laureate of international festivals, the famous Russian folk song ensemble “Siberian Zori” (Siberian Dawns) was created the new professional ensemble – Krasnoyarsk State Folk Song. In July 2006 it was renamed and became known as Krasnoyarsk State Song “Krassa. In October 2007 the ensemble became a member of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic.

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Today the list of the ensemble members includes 15 artists with the higher musical education. Many members of the ensemble are the winners of international music competitions (China, France, Russia, etc.). The age of participants varies from 18 to 40 (average age is 22-25). There are 10 actors-singers (5 men and 5 women); 5 instrumentalists (4 men and 1 woman). Artists of the ensemble work in different musical genres from ethno to contemporary hits, play many musical instruments (harmonic, accordion, balalaika, bass, guitar, violin, drums, synthesizer, zhaleykas, ocarinas, flutes, horns, rattles, rubels, spoons, tambourine etc.), perform the choreography of different complexity.

The ensemble’s repertoire is very diverse and colorful. In many programs Russian folk songs was given a modern arrangement without losing its identity and beauty. The repertoire of “Krassa” includes also songs and dances of the peoples of the former Soviet Union. It takes more then a dozen different costumes, which combine the traditions of folk and modern cut of stage folk costume.

The ensemble “Krassa” is a frequent participant at the important events, both Russian and international (Days of Culture in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Norilsk, international conference, the governor’s receptions and so on). Ensemble performed for the President of Russia, the governors of Russian regions, foreign delegations from the US, England, South Africa, Norway, Germany, France and other countries.

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The performances:

  • «Songs of the Union” is the nostalgia for the former Soviet Union. The program includes songs of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic countries, as well as popular songs of the USSR of the 50s-60s.
  • «The Heart Wants Gentle Songs” is a concert, made of songs of the Soviet composers, as well as a medley of world hits of the 50s-70s.
  • Midsummer songs” This concert is dedicated to the ancient Slavic feast of Ivan Kupala (Kupala Night) – the mystical, mysterious, but at the same time funny, full of ritual acts, rules and bans, songs, fortune telling, legends and beliefs. Artists expose the audience to the ancient Slavic traditions in modern arrangement, playing, dancing and singing on stage the traditional games, dances and songs. The costumes are decorated with garlands of flowers and herbs.
  • Naval potpourri” the program consists of the famous patriotic songs sung during the Civil War and the World War II, as well as in time of peace: “Cherished Stone”, “We Went Hiking”, “Goodbye, Rocky Mountains,” “Across the Seas, Across the Waves”, the famous “Yablochko” (Apple).
  • Cossack songs” is a concert with the patriotic and lyrical songs of the famous Soviet composers, such as “Let’s Hit the Long Road” or “Cossacks in Berlin” and the traditional folk Cossack songs “Cossack Rode”, “Oh, Chornaja” (The dark one), “Yenisei Ataman, “Snezhochki” (Snowballs) and “Varenka”.

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