UkraineDay 2 - Aug. 8th & 10th
August 8th, 6:30 P.M. Howell Theatre
Featuring pianist Pavel Gintov and the musicians of the Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival. Works by Lyatoshynsky, Kossenko, Bortkiewicz and Skoryk.
Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America
Saturday August 10th, 3:00 p.m.
For centuries, the bandura’s song has been the voice and soul of Ukraine, its strings echoing the nation’s turbulent history. The bandura and its predecessor, the fretted “kobza”, were instruments of “kobzari”, the blind minstrels that wandered the countryside to spread news, tell stories and entertain the villagers. After years of persecution by Soviet Authorities and cultural integration efforts, the bandura survived, and is now the 65- stringed instrument you see today.
The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America (WBENA) brings together 24 of the most talented and creative female bandura-players on the continent to share their music with a wide audience. The members, ages 16 and up, encompass various bandura and vocal styles. Every woman in the ensemble is driven by its passion for the bandura and the Ukrainian musical tradition, maintaining important cultural motifs while also expanding the direction of bandura as an instrument.