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UBC 100 Centennial Concert

Sunday, October 6

Sunday, October 6
The Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube
2 hours

Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America
Oleh Mahlay, Artistic Director and Conductor

Founded in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1918 by Vasyl Yemets as the “Kobzar Choir,” the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus continued to perform until being disbanded by the Soviet government at the outbreak of World War II. In 1941, the ensemble was reconstituted in Ukraine’s capital by many of its former members, and eventually emigrated to the United States in 1949 where it continues its mission: to share the bandura, a 60-stringed instrument, on the global stage.

The Ukrainian bandura is more than a national musical instrument: It is the voice of Ukraine. It is unique to the culture of Ukraine and its history is closely tied to the turbulent history of the Ukrainian people. The bandura combines the musical characteristics of both the lute and the harp, producing a sound similar to a harpsichord but with a wider range and tone. 

The UBC has presented over 1,000 concerts throughout Ukraine, Europe, North America, and Australia, including at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Massey Hall, and the Kyiv Opera House. Today, the ensemble members reside throughout North America, including in California, Nevada, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario.

The Centennial Concert Season program includes historic and modern selections from the UBC's vast 600 song repertoire, including Irving Berlin’s "God Bless America" and Hryhory Kytasty's "Echo of the Steppes."