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SIBERIAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR TO SING WITH ROANOKE COLLEGE CHILDREN’S CHOIR

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SALEM, Va.-The Roanoke College Children's Choir announces a concert featuring a Siberian children's choir on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at Cave Spring United Methodist Church in Roanoke. A $5 admission will be taken at the door, with children five and under admitted free of charge. All proceeds of the concert will be given to the Little Eagles to help with the cost of their tour.

Joining the choir will be The Krasnoyarsk Little Eagles. This choir consists of 24 youngsters ranging in age from 12 to 19. Under the baton of Ludmilla Stebenjkova, who founded the choir in 1971, their 2007 tour lasts nine weeks and will cover 22,500 miles. They will appear in 14 Canadian cities in the three Westernmost Provinces and 26 cities in 15 American States. This is their sixth tour of North America.

The Roanoke College Children's Choir, directed by Kimberly Ruse Davidson, will host the Little Eagles (Krasnoyarsk Children's Choir) on a leg of their three-month North American Tour.

The Little Eagles will arrive at Roanoke College on Thursday, March 29th for a two day visit to the area. They will rehearse with the Roanoke College Children's Choir (RCCC) on Thursday night, and stay with RCCC families for the duration of their visit. On Friday, March 30, they will tour local attractions before arriving at Cave Spring United Methodist Church to perform with RCCC that evening.

The Little Eagles are from the city of Krasnoyarsk, in the distant reaches of Central Siberia, 3000 kilometers east of Moscow. They are an ensemble of young singers and musicians to rekindle human faith in music and youth.

Performances of the Little Eagles have been enjoyed by audiences in the U.S., Canada, Poland, China, Spain, France, Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Mongolia, as well as throughout their Russian mother-land. Their programs regularly feature Siberian songs and instrumental works as well as representative works from other Russian Republics, and great Russian and Western international classics. A number of their songs are in English, and all the works are introduced by company translator Larissa Stebenjkova. Brilliant and colorful national costumes have been designed and created for them by artists of the world-renowned Krasnoyarsk Ballet and Opera.

This season, the program will include instrumental works for balalaika, accordion (the traditional Russian Bayan) and piano. The choice of repertoire and the polished choral arrangements by director Ludmilla Stebnjkova, range from Glinka to Gershwin.

The Little Eagles choir features Ludmilla Stebenjkova, conductor, artistic director and founder., Stebenjkova was born in Siberia and studied in Moscow at the famous Tschaikovsky Conservatory. She is recognized throughout Russia as a leading choral conductor and pedagogue. At home, she has been named a "representative work of Russia". Internationally she has participated in numerous world-wide choral symposiums including Paris, Vienna, Warsaw, Vancouver, Sydney and Seville. Many of her arrangements and transcriptions are included in tour programs of the Little Eagles, and she has collaborated with well-known Russian composers in the creation of new works for the choir. Stebenjkova appears frequently as guest conductor with the State Symphony Orchestra of Krasnayarsk.

Kimberly Davidson is serving in her 20th year as director of the Roanoke College Children's Choir. A graduate of Valparaiso University, Davidson has taught music at the junior high and elementary school levels, directed youth and adult church choirs and hand bell choirs, and taught piano lessons privately and through the Roanoke College Preparatory Division. Currently, Davidson enjoys a full schedule of private voice and piano students and the administrative and artistic leadership for the choir.

For further information please contact, Carolyn Greene, parent volunteer for Roanoke College Children's Choir at (540) 387-3317 or Kimberly Davidson, director, Roanoke College Children's Choir at (540) 375-2222.