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The Canadian Bandurist Capella presents Bandura in Waterloo!
A concert commemorating the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainians in Canada.
During this one time only performance, you will hear a diverse array of Ukrainian folk and contemporary pieces performed by our men's chorus and accompanied by the magical sounds of the bandura.
Guest performances by:
Dibrova Women's Choir & Levada Women's Choir
Featuring guest soloists:
Myroslava Solovianenko (Merited Artist of Ukraine) - Soprano
Serhiy Danko - Baritone
Viera Zmiyiwsky - Mezzo-Soprano
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario
Performance begins at 7pm
Doors open at 6pm
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $30 dollars (cash only).
Free entrance for children 12 & Under.
For wheelchair seating please email: email@example.com or call: 416-845-2691
This is an open seating (general admission) performance.
Please arrive early to give yourself enough time to find the best seats.
The bandura is a plucked string instrument, containing up to 68 strings. The bandura is considered both a solo and an ensemble instrument. As a solo instrument, the bandura has similar possibilities to that of a piano, and is suitable to perform with a symphony orchestra. In a bandurist ensemble, the bandura can be performed in multiple arrangements with multiple parts to create a unique orchestral sound. To this day the bandura is considered a Ukrainian folk instrument and is the national instrument of Ukraine. Over the years since Ukraine's independence in 1991, the instrument has obtained a more universal status. Many modern bandurists today perform a vast amount of musical genres such as classical, jazz, contemporary and even pop, as well as traditional Ukrainian folk repertoire.
Canadian Bandurist Capella
The Canadian Bandurist Capella is a male bandurist chorus that combines the sounds of choral singing with the orchestral accompaniment of the multi-stringed Ukrainian bandura. The Canadian Bandurist Capella was founded in June 2001 by a likeminded group of individuals whose goal was to promote Ukrainian music and continue in the role as ambassadors of bandura. The Capella’s entertaining style and repertoire consists of epic historic folk songs, patriotic compositions, sacred music, as well as modern and humorous compositions. Colourful costumes, powerful voices and spectacular harmony support the enchanting sounds of the bandura as the Canadian Bandurist Capella, under the current artistic director Andriy Dmytrovych and concertmaster Borys Ostapienko, delights audiences across North America.
About our guest performers:
Dibrova Women's Choir
Established in 1965, the choir has been an integral part of the Ukrainian community in Canada. Recently, the Dibrova Choir celebrated their 50th Anniversary. Over the years, the choir has toured many cities in both Canada and America. Their most unforgettable tour took place in Europe cities including a performance for the Pope. Dibrova has also performed in larger productions with various choirs, soloists and symphony orchestras in Roy Thomson, Hall O'Keefe Centre - The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, and Massey Hall. The choir has performed at many concerts recognizing and celebrating historical events honoring famous Ukrainian figures, Heroes and Ukrainian traditions. The choir is comprised of passionate volunteer singers whom invest their time towards preserving Ukrainian traditional music and songs. Today, Dibrova is artistically led by Olesya Konuk and accompanied by Vira Ocheret.
Levada Women's Choir
Levada Women’s Choir, together with Orion Men’s Choir, is part of the Ukrainian Youth Ensembles, founded in 1985 under the musical direction of the late Maestro Wasyl Kardash. It was established by individuals because of their shared love for music, a fascination for their heritage, and dedication to their community. They demonstrate an insatiable desire for artistic growth as they look forward to the challenges of new repertoire and to forming new partnerships in the community. They enjoy singing the songs of their heritage, preserving their cultural identity, and contributing to Canada’s multicultural fabric. The choir members pride themselves in uniting generations in a large and diverse musical family who all aspire to raising the choir’s profile. Friendship, responsibility, discipline and spirit are virtues highly encouraged and fostered. Levada and Orion have performed in various venues, participated in community celebrations, Divine Liturgies, festivals and concerts throughout Canada, the US, and Ukraine. The ultimate goal of both Levada and Orion is to promote the arts for future generations. The choir is currently led by conductor Zhanna Zinchenko.
Myroslava Solovianenko, Soprano, Merited Artist of Ukraine
Ms. Solovianenko's operatic career spans over 10 years of solo performances and company appearances across the globe. An accomplished vocalist and frequent headliner in productions of Ukrainian opera companies, she has performed with the National Academic Choir of Ukraine and has served as a lead vocalist at the prestigious National Organ and Chamber Music Hall. In addition to her stage career, Ms Solovianenko has performed at over 20 international festivals and concert tours in the countries of Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, US, as well as concert tours in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. In 2010 Ms. Solovianenko was awarded the title of “Merited Artist of Ukraine” - a high artistic honor bestowed upon a citizen for artistic contributions to the cultural fabric of the country. A resident of Toronto since 2014, Ms. Solovianenko continues to actively perform throughout Canada and Europe. Ms. Solovianenko's repertoire includes music ranging from baroque to classical, and modern, incorporating music of composers like Bach, Handel, Caccini, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Puccini and Sartori among others.
Serhiy Danko, Baritone
Serhiy Danko, native of Western Ukraine, was born into a family with deep musical roots. Both, his father and grandfather, were talented musicians, whereas his great-grandfather was a composer. These musical traditions, reaching as far back as the late nineteenth century, inspired young Serhiy at a very early age to pursue studies in piano followed by later studies in choral conducting and singing at the Chernivtsi College of Music. Later Serhiy mastered the art of opera singing at the Odessa State Conservatory and graduated with Master degree in Music. For two years he worked with Chernivtsi Philharmonic and traveled with concerts to Italy and Germany. He made his Canadian operatic debut in 2000 in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” with Canadian Royal Opera. He performed as well with New Opera and Concert Centre, Opera Belcanto of York and Oakville Symphony Orchestra. Serhiy was invited as a special guest to Canadian Music Festival “Golden Maple” in Montreal. He also collaborated with Vesnivka Choir and the Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir for many years. His repertoire spans over ten major operatic roles including Figaro in “The Barber of Seville” by G. Rossini, Germont in “La Traviata” by G. Verdi, Marcello in “La Boheme” by G. Puccini, Korolevich in “Kashchey Immortal” by N. Rimski-Korsakov and three leading roles from P. Tchaikovsky’s operas Onegin in “Eugeni Onegin”, Yeletski in “Queen of Spades”, Robert in “Iolanta” and others. Apart from the operatic roles his repertoire includes many songs and romances by famous Ukrainian composers such as M. Lysenko, K. Stetsenko, Y. Stepovy, S. Vorobkevich, V. Kosenko, A. Kos-Anatolsky and others. Serhiy enjoys performing Ukrainian folk songs and promotes the Ukrainian culture whenever the opportunity arises.
Viera Zmiyiwsky, Mezzo-Soprano
Viera Zmiyiwsky began her musical studies on violin when she was 5 years old. She studied at the prestigious Indiana University String Program with Joshua Bell and the late Joseph Gingold. Viera has also achieved her Bachelor of Performance degree in voice from the University of Toronto. She performs regularly in the Ukrainian Community as well as being a violinist with local orchestras.