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The Moscow Boys Choir will perform Dec. 4 7:30 p.m. the
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The Moscow Boys Choir will perform Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

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Updated: December 30, 2012 6:15AM

GRAYSLAKE — To kick off the 2012 holiday season, The Moscow Boys Choir will present “Christmas Around the World” Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St.

The Moscow Boys Choir, with its international reputation for excellence, carefully blends heavenly boy soprano voices with the rich resonance of bass, tenor and baritone sounds to bring a distinct Russian flavor to the choral experience. Founded in 1957, this choral ensemble is among Russia’s most prestigious all-boy choirs.

Members of the choir are selected from students attending a special school called The Moscow Boys Capella, which provides both general education and musical training. Being selected as a member of the touring company of The Moscow Boys Choir is no easy feat. Hand-picked from over 400 students at their school, these highly talented youngsters have the voices of angels and the discipline to match their talents. The boys traditionally begin their music training as early as age 5, but are not allowed to perform for audiences until age 9.

The choir will perform music of the season from around the world. Audiences will be musically transported to faraway places including Russia, Europe, the Americas and more. The choir will showcase Christmas classics as well as new and vibrant pieces, many sung in the language of origin. Featured will be favorites from previous tours including Russian and Western classical compositions, rousing covers of traditional Russian folk songs, as well as many whimsical holiday treats such as “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Jingle Bells” and their hauntingly beautiful rendition of the holiday classic, “Silent Night.”

The Moscow Boys Choir 2012 Christmas Around the World Tour is led by Victoria Smirnova, choir mistress and conductor, and Leonid Golubev, accompanist.

Tickets are $13-26. Discounts are available for groups of six or more adults. For more information, call (847) 543-2300 or visit

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