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03 July 2018 (Tue), 20:00 Folk show of Officers' Assembly of St. Petersburg - Show State Song and Dance Ensemble of the Western Military District - Folk Show at the House of Officers

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (till 21:50)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for State Song and Dance Ensemble of the Western Military District - Folk Show at the House of Officers 2019

Folk show in 2 act

Enjoy an evening of astonishing dance and musical entertainment in the historic House of Officers, giving you a firsthand look at the treasures of national Russian art and cultural traditions. Famous Ensemble of song and dancing of the Leningrad Military District is unique, original and one of the oldest creative collectives of Russian Armed Forces. It is one of the best and most popular folk groups in Russia. During the colorful and dynamic show you will see entertaining Russian folk singing and dance performed at a highly professional level, also you will feel friendly and festive atmosphere of evening. Today the Ensemble performs all over the world and is considered the world's most famous military show. This energetic and truly entertaining show has performed across Europe and internationally and is an ideal choice for the evening.

Professional folklore groups well-known in many countries of the world give performances. The number of people performing at the stage is about 70-100 members including dancers, singers and musicians. By means of music, dancing and singing they will introduce you to treasure of national Russian art and Russian cultural traditions. You will hear popular folk songs: "Katiusha", "Kalinka" and many others. The dancing group will whirl you in the circle of Russian folk dances. You will dip into unforgettable and mysterious atmosphere of Russian holiday! Each program consists of two parts 45 minutes long. During 15-minute break guests will be suggested lunch with vodka, caviar and champagne.
Experience an authentic piece of Russian culture at a folk performance in St Petersburg. You’ll enjoy 1.5 hours of music and dancing by the best professional folk ensemble in Russia - Ensemble of song and dancing of the Leningrad Military District! Each show consists of two 40- to 45-minute sections with an intermission of ten to fifteen minutes for champagne and some snacks. The level of musical accomplishment is very high and stronger than comparable other military ensembles. With their authentic costumes, dance and songs, this amazing show brings Russian culture and folk music to life. The Song and Dance Ensemble dates to 1929. In those days it consisted of 10 enthusiasts - fans of choral singing. From the first day ensemble has become original creative laboratory of a song, especially army repertoire. Nowadays the Song and Dance Ensemble represent the greatest professional folk performers in Russia. The ensemble has created more than 900 amazing songs and 70 fantastic dancing. The core performers are the male chorus and orchestra, whose roots trace back to the first official Russian armed forces choir “the Red Army Choir” created early in World War II to help inspire the country’s morale. Although a dance ensemble was added to the choir, the chorus remains the essential component. A mix of patriotic songs, marches, folk songs and operatic selections with a few orchestral chestnuts are amazing. The chorus is all-male, although there are female soloists.
The choir’s powerful, patriotic songs, especially those by soloists, draw genuine applause, not polite clapping. Ensemble of song and dancing of the Leningrad Military District has a really active life. It took the first place at the All-Russian Folk & Military Song & Dance Competition in 2014-2015. A high level of art Ensemble represents abroad every year.
"It is delightful! Perfectly well! There are no words!" - These words Parisian press wrote about performances of this army creative collective. "There is no saying in what Russian soldiers have more succeeded, in a song or dance, but in both they are really virtuosos" - such estimation was given by the Austrian spectators. Ensemble of song and dancing of the Leningrad Military District went on tour across Spain, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Poland, Sweden, Austria and other countries. Concert performances on Canary Islands, Madrid, Barcelona, Grandana, Valencia, Zaragosa, Bilbao, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Parma, Hague, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Lisbon, Oslo, Helsinki, and Stockholm already have won hearts of spectators. Without any doubt the best place to see the Folk-show in St Petersburg is the astonishing House of Officers in the historical centre of St. Petersburg, a stately venue that boasts Art Nouveau interior decor. It is a cultural educational establishment of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defence, and professional military servicemen’s club, founded in 1918 as the Red Army House. The fabulous hall, known for high quality performances, was especially built for concerts and features a comfortable atmosphere. Officers' House had turned into a highly fashionable area, the favorite place of promenade in St. Petersburg for best officers of Russian Empire. Its official name changed to Officers' House in 1972. In the 1920s, the Officers' House carried out large-scale educational work among Red Army soldiers; during the Great Patriotic War it served as a base for a number of special military preparatory courses, front-line concert and propaganda brigades. One of the main peculiarities of the Officers' House is its special “homy” atmosphere. There were inspired and arranged parties, balls, dinners - and never missed the opportunity of pleasing its guests with exquisite cuisine, rare wines and joyful performance.

Passing the entrance to the Officers' House you will find yourself in the lobby - with its fabulous gala stairs leading to the Concert Hall. Courteous cavalier and elegant ladies in crinolines will greet you on the stairs showing you the way and making you forget the time. Beautiful melodies of the past performed by a professional musical quartet will give you impression that you are simply traveling through centuries: and this is just a beginning! Here in a cozy and nicely decorated Concert Hall we will give you more than just an opportunity to see unforgettable folk show performance: you will not only feel involved - you will be really involved! During this dynamic colorful and fabulous show, you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances! And - oh, miracle! - suddenly you will find yourself right on the stage dancing like a real Russian, playing folk games and enjoying yourself!



Part I

"Sitting on the little stone" (vocal-choreographic prologue)

Dance composition "Rowdy-Dowdy" (choreography by V.Vasilkov)

The Solovyov-Sedoy Composer`s famous tunes Medley

"Black-eyed Cossack girl" (music by M. Blanter, lirics by I. Selvinsky)

Dance composition "The Dolls" (choreography by V. Vasilkov)

"How liked in the army harmonica"

"I go out in the street" (traditional song)

"Granada" (music and lirics by Agustin Lara)

"Cossack dance" (choreography by V. Vasilkov)

Part II

"Meeting" (The sea dance) (choreography by V. Vasilkov)

"The Peddlers" (traditional song)

"From dawn to dusk"

"Behind the Danube River" (music by O. Morozov, lirics by A. Poperechny)

"Those evening Bells"

"Dance with the girdles" (choreography by A. Nosihina)

"Moscow Nights" (music by V. Soloviev-Gray, lirics by M. Matusovsky)

"Katyusha" (lirics by Mikhail Isakovsky, music by M. Blanter)

"The bronzed girl" (lirics by J. Shvedova, music by Novikova)

"Subboteya" (choreography by V. Vasilkov)

"Kalinka" (traditional song)

Buffet table (served during the 20 minutes interval):

Buffet table (Russian style) includes:
 -vol-au-vent* with roe (salmon, trout)
-vol-au-vent with salmon mousse
-vol-au-vent with cheese mousse
* Vol-au-vent - a small round case of puff pastry filled with a savory mixture, typically of meat or fish in a richly flavored sauce
-glass of Russian Vodka
-glass of champagne
-mineral water

Russian dinner (served before the show).

Russian dinner #1 (fish) before the show. 

1. Vegetable salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, paprika, lettuce leaves, potherb, olive oil)

2. Shchi (cabbage soup) with sour cream 

3. Grilled fish with onion, mashed potatoes and pickle        

4. Patty with green onions and boiled egg 

5. Bread, butter 

6. Pancakes with jam

7. Coffee, tea 

8. Mineral water 

Russian dinner #2 (pork) before the show. 

1. Salad with herring (herring, potatoes, apples, red onion, granular mustard, sunflower oil)

2. Ukha (fish soup)

3. Braised pork with potatoes, carrot, celery, paprika, onion, tomatoes

4. Pie with salmon

5. Bread, butter 

6. Syrniky (cheese pancake) with evaporated milk

7. Coffee, tea 

8. Mineral water 

Russian dinner #3 (chicken) before the show. 

1. Beet salad (beet, walnut, damson, coriander, olive oil)

2. Mushroom soup

3. Kiev cutlet (chicken cutlet with potatoes and cowberry sauce)

4. Pie with potatoes and mushroom 

5. Bread, butter  

6. Pancakes  with jam

7. Coffee, tea 

8. Mineral water 

Dress Code for Folk Show: There is no Dress Code for the Show. Formal wear is not necessary, casual wear and jeans are OK. 



Schedule for State Song and Dance Ensemble of the Western Military District - Folk Show at the House of Officers 2019

The Performance of the Ensemble at the Officers House
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