choir owed its existence to Mary Arapoff. Arapoff assembled the choir out of students and faculty of Boston
College interested in religious and folk Russian music. Some
members of the group were studying Russian, while others were
either native speakers or had Russian and Slavic backgrounds.
Jackson, who brought her beautiful alto to the choir, says: "Singing Russian sacred music is a
deeply spiritual experience and it is such a joy to share
this treasure with fellow students. We gather weekly
simply because we love to sing from that tradition, not because
of duty, and ultimately that opens the channel for a true
and honest expression of the music, which is full of love
for God and the Russian motherland." Michael
Margolin, whose family emigrated to the US from the Soviet
Union, concurred: "Singing is one way to stay connected
to yourself. It's like a really vivid history lesson: you
imagine yourself a hundred years ago, singing songs as a common
folk. You begin to intimately appreciate our rich heritage."
Named after legendary icon painter Andrei Rublev, the Texas Choir
continues to give voice during performances to Russia's rich spiritual heritage.
In Texas, some of the choir have Orthodox backgrounds, while all have a love of this Russian music, here sung in translation. During the performance, the ancient songs and chants are presented
as an accompaniment to several icons painted by Arapoff's
father Alexis Arapoff, an émigré Russian artist.