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UK Russian singing class presents concert Dec. 4

Photo of Russian Singing Class
The Russian singing class is designed to enhance students’ pronunciation abilities and cultural knowledge. Photo courtesy of MCLLC.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2023) The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MCLLC) at the University of Kentucky will present a Russian Singing Concert 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in the Niles Gallery of the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Russian singing class, established in 2014 by Anna Voskresensky, senior lecturer in Russian Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is designed to enhance students’ pronunciation abilities and cultural knowledge through music.

Every semester, students improve upon their language skills by singing a variety of Russian songs in all genres — ranging from folk, pop, traditional, new and old.

“Through music, this course offers a rich language learning environment that promotes deep understanding and thoughtful consideration of the meaning behind Russian texts,” Voskresensky said. “The vibrant nature of the course creates a safe space for students to expand their knowledge of Russian, while exploring the nuances of pronunciation. And it serves as a reminder that music knows no boundaries and does not need translation.”

This year’s concert will showcase the talents of students: Allie Ashton, Josiel de Jesus Barrios Cossio, Ty Gordon, Mark Hoskins, Joseph Kowalke, Matt McCarter, Elizabeth Nieto, Ania Polyak, John Reynolds and Madison Reynolds.

In conjunction with the UK School of Music in the College of Fine Arts, the singing class will be accompanied by Juelin Zhao, a graduate student and talented pianist.

You can learn more about MCLLC here.

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