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Russia's Red Army Choir returns from tragedy for 2018 concert in China

By Lu Wen'ao (People's Daily Online)    09:39, December 26, 2017

The Alexandrov Ensemble, or Red Army Choir, will return to China at the beginning of 2018, a year after a fatal plane crash canceled its 2017 show in China.

The choir, scheduled for perform in Beijing earlier this year, will entertain audiences at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing every night from January 4 to 7.

The group's repertoire includes “Moscow Nights,” “Katyusha,” “The Sacred War,” “The Volga Boatmen's Song” and “Kalinka,” all popular in China.

The choir's return has attracted thousands of bookings as the choir is expected to have an extra show on the afternoon of January 6, organizers announced on Monday.

The December 25, 2016 plane crash, when the ensemble was en route from Sochi to Syria to entertain Russian troops there for Orthodox Christmas celebrations, killed 64 members.

Among those killed in the crash was the choir's conductor Valery Khalilov.

The choir is named after its first director Alexander Alexandrov, who wrote the music for the State Anthem of the Soviet Union, which in 2000 became the national anthem of Russia with new lyrics.

He also orchestrated the song “The Sacred War," a song that inspired the Soviet Red Army fighting Nazi Germany in World War II.

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