From Moscow’s 600-year-old Stretensky Monastery — via New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto — comes the Stretensky Chorus to Davies Hall on Friday. It is the choir’s U.S. debut tour.
Grand Prince Vasili I founded the Greek Orthodox monastery in 1397, and from the beginning, vocal music has been part of the monks’ lives. With the coming of the Soviet regime, however, the monks were exiled and the monastery closed. Only in the 1990s did the monastery and chorus return to regular Divine Services, using ancient Byzantine and Russian chants. In addition to church services, the choir has an active concert life both home and abroad, performing Russian folk songs and classical works.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday; Davies is at 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Tickets are $15 to $45. Call (415) 392-4400 or visit www.cityboxoffice.com.