Historical concert on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Kyiv Bandura Chapel
October 22, 2018 19:00
National Academic Drama Theater named after I.Franko (I. Franko square, 3)
On October 22, 2018 at 19:00, for the first time in the history of Ukraine, an extraordinary artistic event of historical significance for Ukrainian culture will take place.
For the first time two collectives will come together on the same stage, which are successors of the Kyiv Bandurist Chapel founded in 1918.
The history of Chapel was difficult, and the fate of the first chaplains was difficult. The musicians fought on the fronts, experienced hunger, arrests, repressions and executions. They were in German captivity and supported compatriots with songs in the Ostarbeiter camps scattered all over Europe.
The Ukrainian song helped them survive, but did not allow them to return home.
During the Second World War, the Chapel, which held an active pro-Ukrainian position, could not return to the Soviet Union and was forced to leave for Detroit, the United States.
Despite this, the musicians of the team did not leave their activities and were able to give bandurist art life in many countries around the ocean.
In the Soviet city of Kyiv, immediately after the war, the Chapel was officially renewed, and it quickly gained recognition and high professional status, which is still preserved, representing one of the leading Ukrainian collectives.
So, since 1946, there are two official heirs of one famous team, who have never been on a common stage since the 1940s.
The opportunity to hold a joint concert today is a dream of many generations of musicians – the descendants and students of the first chaplains who, at the expense of their own creative and physical forces, did their best to make the bandura art flourish throughout the world.
This is a joint dedication of two collectives, the Ukrainian Bandurist Сhorus and the National Merited Bandurist Choir of Ukraine named after G.I.Mayboroda, to the Maestros of the Bandura, who forever wrote the phenomenon of kobzars in the history of world art.