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Our Alumni 50th Anniversary concert was presented in conjunction with Yale’s celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg. We were the closing event of the weekend conference on St. Petersburg organized by the Beinecke Rare Book Library and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and others. How very prescient of Peter the Great to found his new capital 250 years before Denis and George started the YRC!
There were about 175 singers on stage (it took forever to get on and off stage). The audience was huge (at least 1500 people) and very warm. Denis got an award from the Yale Music School.
The Slavic Reading Room organized an exhibit for the Petersburg conference in the main lobby of the Library, presenting pieces from their collection, and they gave the YRC 2 display cases for an exhibit of our memorabilia. It’s still viewable online:
The Wall Street Journal published a very enthusiastic full-page article about the YRC and the anniversary, which came out on the Thursday we arrived in New Haven to start rehearsing. Very exciting beginning!
50th Anniversary Concert
Saturday evening, October 25, 2003
Woolsey Hall ~ Yale University