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North Shore Center, Center Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd Skokie, IL 60077
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 2 members
Review from Harold Shrifter
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Composed of 70 singers, dancers, and musicians, the Red Star Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble performs magnificent combinations of traditional Russian music, folk songs, and dances. The New York Times, says “The young dancers in the mini-Moiseyev numbers are first class and the vocal soloists are, in fact, opera singers.” Traditional Russian songs in the program include “Meadowlands,” “Moscow Nights,” and “Dark Eyes.” The ensemble has performed over 220 performances in the U.S. with sellout performances in New York, Chicago, and Boston.  

Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble was created in 1978 in Moscow, in the structure of Strategic Rocket Forces of the former Soviet Union. In caring about support of high battle readiness of the army, the great country used the talent and art of its best actors to organize leisure time and raise the cultural level of the soldiers. The Military Ensembles in different times were generated in all kinds of Military Forces, in armies and on fleets. The newest of the Military Forces of the Former Soviet Ministry of Defense were the Strategic Rocket Forces.  

Since 1985, the Ensemble has actively toured many countries around the world. With huge success, it represented Russian military art in France, Switzerland, Great Britain and Ireland, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Canada. In 1992, the Red Star toured 65 major American cities to sell-out performances in Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, Miami, and New York, just to name a few. Their debut tour was followed by returns in 1994, 1996, and 1998.  

The Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble has surpassed the expectations of its founders. From the means of army art propaganda, it has turned to unique creativity—the art which is so original—that has endured through all kinds of political and economic collisions of the last decades. It still continues to please spectators of all ages and nationalities on different continents. This art is born of Russia, of Russian soul, of Russian heart, which has opened up to the world in the best possible way.  

The Company’s Artistic Director and Conductor, Colonel Anatoly Bazhalkin, is an Honored Artist of the Russian Republic. He was born in 1949 in the Ukraine. After graduating from the military conducting faculty of the Moscow State Conservatory, he was sent to the Soviet Troops in Germany as an Artistic Director of the Air Force Concert Ensemble stationed there at that time. Later, he became an Artistic Director of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Ural Military District and, in 1983, he became the director of the incomparable Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble.  

During the last 20 years of touring, Anatoly Bazhalkin has led his Red Star Company to numerous sold-out performances from New York, NY to Seattle, WA; from Chicago, IL to Miami, FL; from London to Hong Kong, Korea and Mexico. The current tour of the Red Star Chorus and Dance Ensemble marks the 20th anniversary of their American touring. Almost all the vocal and dance music arrangements are done by Maestro Bazhalkin.

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