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An Interview with Nikolai Kachanov
Artistic Director, Russian Chamber Chorus of New York
by Rebecca Stanton for Vocal Area Network
Posted January 13, 2003

Nikolai Kachanov"Music and Dictatorship: Russia Under Stalin" is a three-concert series and symposium to be presented by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy at Carnegie Hall Thursday, February 20 through Sunday, February 23. This series, of quintessentially Russian magnitude, requires assembling a powerful chorus for several of the programmed works. Maestro Ashkenazy has invited The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, directed by Nikolai Kachanov, and the Dessoff Choirs, directed by Kent Tritle, to fulfill this role with the Czech Philharmonic.

Rebecca Stanton spoke with Nikolai Kachanov, Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, for a perspective on this extraordinary (not to mention chillingly timely) series of concerts.

Vocal Area Network: Tell us about the repertoire chosen by Maestro Ashkenazy for this series, and the special challenges associated with preparing the chorus for this material.

Nikolai Kachanov: First of all, the e