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Yale Russian Chorus, "diplomats of song," visit Rochester

Mar 12, 2019
Originally published on March 11, 2019 4:28 pm

The Yale Russian Chorus is in Rochester this week.

The ensemble, made up of Yale University students, was established in 1953 and has traveled from The White House to the former Soviet Union and all across the U.S. over the last 66 years.

Today, as they did in the height of the cold war, they think of themselves as cultural ambassadors, or “diplomats of song,” as then-Senator Hubert Humphrey once called them.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with current chorus members Brooks Chupp, a senior at Yale, and Stepan Sveshnikov, the group’s former conductor and Fullbright scholar studying in Russia.

The Yale Russian Chorus performs Monday night at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Brockport.