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Ukrainian choir tours western Canada Featured

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Monday, 28 March 2016 15:39

A male chorus of more than 50 professional and amateur singers from Canada and Ukraine performs Friday, April 1 at Knox United Church, 7:30 p.m.

The concert, entitled Resurrection: Music from the Ukrainian Sacred Choral Tradition, is part of a western Canadian tour to promote a new composition by Fr. John Sembrat, recorded by the same ensemble last year.

The ensemble will be led by one of the leading choral directors in North America, Michael Zaugg of Pro Coro Canada. The choir consists of members of Pro Coro Canada, The Boyan Ensemble of Kyiv, The Chorus of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, The National Philharmonic of Ukraine, The Homin Municipal Choir of Lviv, The Vydubychi Church Choir of Kyiv, The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of Detroit, The Axios Men’s Ensemble of Edmonton, The Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus of Winnipeg and The Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton.

The choir also performs March 30 in Regina at Holy Rosary Catholic Cathedral.

source: thestarphoenix

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