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by Alexandra Strelchenko
Alexandra Strelchenko (1937 to 2019) was a Ukrainian Russian 'folk' singer. Alexandra Ilinichna Strelchenko was born in Chaplino Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), on February 2nd 1937. Sadly, her father was killed in 1941 while fighting in World War II, and her mother also passed away at the end of that conflict. After then being brought up in an orphanage, she went on to study at Herzen University - however, after attending a 1958 concert by her part-time music interest the 'Voronezh Folk Choir', she decided to leave school and devote herself to a career in non-classical music. From 1959 to 1962, she worked with the Lipetsk Philharmonic, and in 1963 received a one-year internship with the All-Russia Creative Workshop of Variety Art in Moscow. In 1971, at the International Competition in Bratislava, Strelchenko was awarded second prize (and the "Serebryanyy Kolos" silver award) for 'Best Radio Recording' (of the 'folk' song "Bela Zorenka"). Despite her previous decision, she did return to study at the Gnessin State Musical College from 1976 to 1980, and was honoured with the "People's Artist of the RSFSR" award in 1984. By 2002, she had become a professor at the Moscow State Art and Cultural University, and in the new millennium played actively with the 'N P Osipov National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Russia' (Strelchenko also collaborated with municipal orchestras from cities such as Chelyabinsk, Ulyanovsk, Volgograd, Petrozavodsk, Lipetsk and Tula, plus others). She took part in many charity galas and events, speaking to veterans of both war and labour gangs, as well as to the pupils of various orphanages. She was also an active participant in concerts dedicated to the memory of many outstanding figures of Ukrainian national culture, some of whom she had known personally. Alexandra Strelchenko died in Moscow on August 2nd 2019, aged 82. [ Translated from: http://rg.ru/2019/08/02/umerla-pevica-aleksandra-strelchenko.html ]
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandra_Strelchenko - http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D1%82%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BB%D1%8C%D1%87%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BA%D0%BE, %D0%90%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BA%D1%81%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B4%D1%80%D0%B0 %D0%98%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%87%D0%BD%D0%B0
Posted: 29th August 2019
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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