The Holodomor Commemorative Concert

A solemn artistic tribute to honor the millions of Ukrainians who perished in the Holodomor, the Stalinist famine - genocide of 1932-33. 

Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus (artistic director and conductor: Oleh Mahlay).

Kobzarska Sich Ensemble (director and conductor: Oleh Mahlay)

Ukrainian Chorus Dumka (artistic director and conductor: Vasyl Hrechynsky)

Soprano Marta Zaliznyak-Derzhko

Baritone Oleh Chmyr

Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv

Pianist Angelina Gadeliya

Hromovytsia Ukrainian Dance Ensemble (artistic director: Roxana Dykyj-Pylypczak, choreography by Danusia Pylypczak Wasylyszyn).

The wide-ranging program presents the best of Ukraine’s rich musical traditions, including the bandura and secular and religious choral music. A unique stringed instrument often called “the voice of Ukraine,” the bandura dates back to the middle ages and gave rise to professional musicians called the Kobzari - similar to the troubadours - who also developed their own special song, the duma (“thought” or “reflection” in Ukrainian). Among the program’s many highlights is Hromovytsia Dance Ensemble’s Holodomor-themed ballet number, set partly to Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk’s globally popular, hauntingly beautiful “Melody.”  The concert is part of a three-day series of events in Washington, D.C. commemorating the Holodomor, including the November 7 Holodomor Memorial Dedication Ceremony. The Memorial is located at the intersection of North Capital Street and Massachusetts Ave., NW.

Sponsored By:

U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-1933

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