The Allan Petker Chorale's third tour was to the Baltics including St. Petersburg, Russia, Tallinn, Estonia, and Stockholm, Sweden in 2014.
|Quiz of the Day|
In Croatia we discovered Klapa, traditional a cappella singing. What was the unique type of instrument and music that we discovered in St. Petersburg, Russia?
The tour began in St. Petersburg. The video starts at a very unusual venue, the Lutheran Church of St. Peter and St Paul. During the Soviet era the church was converted into a competition swimming pool. At the link you can still see the pool's bleachers on the sides. The diving platforms were placed where the altar has been restored. The church used to be one floor lower, so now the congregation sits at what was water level. But even worse, it still has the acoustics of a swimming pool! For that reason, the audio of today's video was recorded in Stockholm.
Next, the video takes us across the river to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. It houses the imperial tombs of almost all of the Russian emperors and empresses, including Peter and Catherine.
Following along with the music we go to Tikhvin Cemetery, a landmark dubbed, "The Necropolis of Artists." While it contains the graves of all types of artists including authors, poets, and painters, the video shows the composers' section.