For many people, Rachmaninov (or Rachmaninoff, if you prefer!) = Heavy Russian Music.
Sunday evening's Pacific Chorale introduced OC audiences to the Rachmaninov (they prefer the "v" as in...) "Vespers", an hour-long work more reverential and sonorous than flamboyantly Slavic.
Program notes suggested that the composer created this a cappella work in a way that transforms a chorus into its own accompanying orchestra, and even my tin ear could detect a fluidity of sound that, at times, sounded like strings or blended winds.
All in all, it was a lovely piece, and a nice conclusion to the Chorale season.