Kyiv Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is the only private group in the country of Ukraine. Founded in 1993 by Roger McMurrin, the K.S.O.C. has premiered in Ukraine many of the Western classical masterpieces that were forbidden during the 70 years of Communist rule. Some of these works include:
Messiah by George F. Handel, Belshazzar's Feast by William Walton, Christmas Cantata by Honeggar, Hodie by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Elijah, Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang) and Resurrection Symphony by Felix Mendelssohn, Chichester Psalms and West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, The carols of Christmas and African-American spirituals.
Besides the repertoire listed under Roger McMurrin the K.S.O.C. performs the great Slavic orchestra and choral music of Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Lysenko, Mussorgsky and others.
The K.S.O.C. toured the United States in 1996, 1998 and 2000 where they have appeared at Cincinnati Music Hall in Ohio, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Jacoby Hall in Jacksonville and Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Crystal Cathedral in California as well as many colleges, universities, and churches. The K.S.O.C. also toured Western Europe in 1995 and Hungary in 2000.