This update on events in Russia comes from a congregation in our partner church body, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR) and its pastor, Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko.
On July 27 and August 3, the Lutheran Congregation in Nizhny Novgorod hosted concerts of sacred music. The former was entitled “Baroque Music: Italy, France, Germany.” The program included works by J. S. Bach, F. Couperin, G. Strozzi, J. Froberger, G. Händel, D. Scarlatti, G. Caccini (V. Vavilov), F. Cavalli, and A. Caldara. The second concert, “The Twentieth Century and Modern Day: a Kaleidoscope of Styles,” included works by M. Reger, B. Tishchenko, B. Bartok, P. Boulez, I. Tatarinov, A. Kasyanov, K. Molchanov, and T. Tatarinova. The instrumental and vocal pieces were performed by mezzo-soprano Tatiana Tatarinova, mezzo-soprano Maria Ovchinnikova, and organist, harpsichordist and pianist Ivan Tatarinov who also emceed for the concerts.
Praise the Lord for adding new faithful to His church through the many various opportunities through the church, like the sacred music recitals and concerts! Pastor Yaroslav Boychenko confirmed three adults, Maksim and Anna Antonenko, and Irina Metelkova on August 23; musician Ekaterina Porizko (see more about her below) on September 14; and Aleksei Tebekin and Oksana Bedyagina on September 27.
From September 13-17, Ekaterina Porizko, an organist, harpsichordist, carillonist, and singer who lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tartu, Estonia, and Stuttgart, Germany, performed a 3rd series of recitals entitled “White Nights in Nizhny Novgorod.” Ekaterina serves as a cantor for three Evangelical Lutheran congregations – ELCIR Lutheran church in Toksovo near St. Petersburg, Russia, St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Tartu, and the Heilandskirche in Stuttgart. She tours a lot with concerts in Russia, Finland, Estonia, and Germany.
This time Ms. Porizko performed a series of five recitals: “Musical Riddle” playing the stylizations of works of Bach, Frescobaldi, and other famous composers; “Baroque Music”; “The Dream Room,” a literary-musical composition of her own, based on E. M. Remarque’s novel; “A Walk Along the Seine,” music of mid-19th/late 20th century composers. Ekaterina emceed for her recitals. Co-emcee was church member Denis Tikhomirov, a graduate of the ELCIR Theological Institute.
At her fifth recital, Ms. Porizko conducted the choir of the Nizhny Novgorod Lutheran Church with which she had practiced during her four preceding days in the city. The Lutheran church choir conducted by Ekaterina performed O Radiant Dawn by James MacMillan, Dextera Domini FWV 65 by César Franck, and Look At The World by John Rutter.
After each recital, Ekaterina led a master class in Latin American dance.
- Learn more about Rev. Boychenko and the congregation in Nizhny Novgorod.
- Pray for the work of Rev. Boychenko, his members and our partner church body, the ELCIR.