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Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus Cleveland Concert - Sounds of Spring

Location: Ohio, USA
Choir type: Other Choirs
Voicing: Men
The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, under Artistic Director and Conductor Oleh Mahlay, continues its concert season this April with the new program “Sounds of Spring: Songs of Easter, Nature, and Shevchenko”. This three-concert production is the third segment of Maestro Mahlay’s return season to the UBC. Coupled with the bandura, the 60-stringed instrument that is often referred to as the voice and soul of Ukraine, the award-winning ensemble will be introducing several new songs to its already extensive repertoire.
 
The “Sounds of Spring” series will be presented in multiple cities throughout the United States and Canada and will take place in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, April 21st, at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium at 2pm.
 
Tickets for the Cleveland performance are $25 and are available online via PayPal at www.bandura.org. To purchase tickets in person, please visit the Cleveland Selfreliance Federal Credit Union on State Road in Parma (440.884.9111).
 
“The songs featured in this concert program celebrate themes that are important to Ukrainians - both in Ukraine and here in North America” says UBC’s Artistic Director and Conductor, Oleh Mahlay. “The songs the ensemble will perform will provide good examples of what Ukrainians celebrate during the Springtime: the joyous Easter holiday, the commemoration of the great poet laureate Taras Shevchenko, and the rebirth of nature that is well-represented in Ukrainian folk songs.”
 
As an ambassador of Ukrainian culture, the UBC strives to bring traditional and new repertoire to the forefront in its performances. In this concert, audiences will hear the traditional Easter hymn "Christ the Lord is Ris'n Today" set to the bandura.  Two seldom heard songs set to the words of Taras Shevchenko (Oy Hop Taky Tak  and Berestechko) will also be part of the program.
 
The “Sounds of Spring” series is sponsored, in part, by St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (Windsor), Ukrainian Credit Union Limited, Ukrainian Future Credit Union, Ukrainian Selfreliance Michigan Federal Credit Union, and Cleveland Selfreliance Federal Credit Union.
 
Founded in 1918, the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus has a long and proud history of representing the bandura and Ukrainian choral music on the international stage.  Boasting a repertoire of more than 500 songs, this internationally celebrated ensemble has captivated audiences in major concert halls in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Ukraine since immigrating to North America from Europe in 1949.  
 
The majority of today’s UBC members are 2nd and 3rd generation Americans and Canadians of Ukrainian descent. Professional caliber performers, all instrumentalists and singers are volunteers ranging in age from 18 to 86, sharing a common passion for Ukrainian music and heritage. As a tribute to its role in preserving and perpetuating the legacy of Ukrainian music, the UBC was selected by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers in 1992 as the recipient of the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian State Prize, the highest award that can be bestowed for excellence in the contribution to the arts.
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