Exaudi and the Eastman Male Choir will be performing with Georgia’s Didgori on June 5, 2019 at the Mennonite Historical Village auditorium, 7:30pm. This should prove to be a highlight concert you will not want to miss. The men’s folk and chant ensemble Didgori was founded in 2003 with a leadership of Mr. Levan Tsitaishvili.
The men’s folk and chant ensemble Didgori was founded in 2003 with a leadership of Mr. Levan Tsitaishvili. The name Didgori honors the historical battle in 1121 that helped reunite Georgia and ushered in a period of growth in arts and culture. Following the advice of an important ensemble mentor, Abbot Ioane of the Mama Daviti Monastery in Tbilisi, members of Didgori formed a church choir at st.Elijah the Prophet church in Tbilisi and began studying liturgical chant under blessing of Archpriest Nicholas.
The ensemble tours extensively within Georgia, and has frequently visited and performed in the old Georgian region of Hereti (now in Azerbaijan). For Easter, 2007, members of the ensemble were fortunate enough to undertake a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy land.
More recently, the ensemble helped host the major annual Art-Geni folklore festival at Tbilisi’s outdoor Ethnographic Museum. The ensemble has also enjoyed a series of successful public performances including a concert at the Kinosakhli hall in February, 2006, and a major concert at the State Conservatoire in May, 2007.
The Didgori ensemble is dedicated to the research and performance of Georgian folksongs and chant, a project that is aided by study of source recordings from the beginning of the 20th century. Members of the ensemble feel humbled to carry the name Didgori representative of such a distinguished moment in Georgian history and aspire to contribute to Georgian cultural preservation.
The ensemble members wish to dedicate themselves to the traditions of their ancestors through mastery and popularization of Georgian folksongs and chants, and hope that their efforts will inspire future generations.