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Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus announces its 2001 summer programs

by Anatoli W. Murha

DETROIT - The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus has announced two, two-week summer programs for all bandura enthusiasts. Bandura Camp Ukraina will start on Sunday, July 22, at the Ukraina Vacation Resort in London, Ontario. Kobzarska Sich Bandura Camp will start on Sunday, August 5, at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church Campgrounds in Emlenton, Pa. Both camps will showcase a final concert.

Participants at both camps will take part in a program that consists of bandura technique training, vocal training, solo and ensemble playing, bandura history and, for advanced players, training in the Kharkiv style. There is time for a number of recreational activities such as sports and relaxation. Enthusiasts of all proficiency and age levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. Instruction is in both English and Ukrainian.

This year once again, Julian Kytasty of New York City will be the musical director at both Ukraina and Kobzarska Sich. Participants at both camps will also have the opportunity to meet Oleh Mahlay, artistic director and conductor of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus.

To receive a registration packet and for more information in regard to both camps, readers may call or e-mail Mykola Schidowka at (519) 652-3043, or nicholas.n.schidowka@iname.com; or Anatoli W. Murha at (734) 953-0305, or AMurha@aol.com.

The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus was formed in Kyiv in 1918. It survived both the Soviet and Nazi occupations, and since 1949 has enjoyed the freedom of artistic expression in the United States of America. This male chorus is based in Detroit, but has members throughout North America: Alberta, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Ontario and Pennsylvania.

The chorus has preserved and promoted the art of the bandura by amassing an extensive discography, and by touring North America, Europe and Australia. The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus is a laureate of the Shevchenko State Prize, Ukraine's highest cultural award.

For more information on the bandura, the chorus and the camps, visit their website at www.bandura.org.

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Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, May 6, 2001, No. 18, Vol. LXIX

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