Tragedy-hit Red Army Choir a fabled symbol of USSR and Russia

This photo taken on April 19, 2006 shows the Red Army Choir performing in Rabat at the Mohammed VI theatreThe acclaimed Red Army Choir, which lost 64 members in a plane crash Sunday, has been a potent symbol for projecting Moscow’s military and artistic prowess to millions across the globe. Founded in 1928, the military Alexandrov Ensemble, more widely known as the Red Army Choir, has for decades showcased its repertoire of famed Russian folksongs and spiritual music on the global stage. The booming baritones and melodies of the all-male choir — performing in their pristine army uniforms — presented a human face to many beyond the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union’s fearsome Red Army that swept across Europe as part of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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