Rare Celebration of Shevchenko in Windsor this March

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Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus

Two of North America’s premier Ukrainian arts ensembles present an evening of song, music, dance and bandura, celebrating Taras Shevchenko’s legacy. Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America will present КОБЗАРІ (Kobzari): A Celebration of Shevchenko at the Chrysler Theatre in Windsor on Sunday, March 19 at 2pm.

The Windsor performance will be the second of such performances after the exclusive event opens in Toronto the night before. The only other scheduled performance is set for Edmonton in April.

The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus has adopted the Kharkiv bandura as its instrument of choice to show case its technical versatility and preserve its great history and tradition. 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 so 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. It produces a sound similar to a harpsichord but with a wider range and tone.

The all-male Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus preserves and exemplifies its mission as ambassadors of Ukrainian culture, music and the unique 60 stringed instrument, the bandura. Formed in 1918, the UBC continues to make history with ongoing international concerts, a continued education program for youth, new recordings, and new talent.

The Shumka Dancers commission and produce original music and choreography based on Ukrainian rural and urban culture, both historical and contemporary. In the last four years Shumka’s works were enjoyed by live audiences in Canada, China, and Ukraine, and on television when White Boots to China was broadcast internationally on BRAVO. In the last three years Shumka has brought 18 new works to the stage.

Tickets are $65, $45, $25 and $75 for box seats. www.chryslertheatre.com