September 25, 2009
A Northland tour by Russian-Finnish singing star, Viktor Klimenko
detoured to Wakefield last night for what was to be the penultimate
concert of this tour.
Originally, the tour scheduled for September 18th through September
25th, was to bypass Gogebic County, however, efforts were
made to find a venue for this great singing artist.
Klimenko, is a well known star in Europe and has performed all across
the globe. His voice and style are exceptional. We were certainly
fortunate to have him perform in Wakefield. The concert was held in the
All Saints Lutheran Church, which was filled to capacity.
I have been a Klimenko fan for two decades. He has beautiful and
powerful voice, well suited for singing the Christian music that makes
up the vast majority of his repertoire.
Thirty years ago Klimenko says that he found God. At that time he
decided to change his repertoire to songs of faith. He says that the
first Christian song he recorded was "How Great Thou Art" which of
course is a recording for which he is famous. He sang the song last
evening and his performance was incredible. He sounds even greater live
than on a recording, just the opposite of many performers. To say that
his concert was fantastic would be great, great understatement.
On this tour Viktor performed three concerts in Ishpeming, one in
Marquette, one in Chatham, one in Iron Mountain. The tour concludes
tomorrow with a concert in Duluth.
Klimenko was born in a POW camp in Svetnavalka, Russia in 1942. The
Cossak family was expelled from Russia and emigrated to Finland. Viktor
became a Finnish Citizen in 1973.
In 1963 Klimenko released his first recording "The Country of
Thousand Lakes" (Tuhansien järvien maa).
Klimenko's website: http://www.viktorklimenko.com/english