Upcoming Concerts and Public Events

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Here is a list of concerts and public events:

dnipro-final poster  (8x11) April-OttawaTuesday, July 1, 2014 at 3 p.m.
The Ukrainian Dnipro Choir of Edmonton presents its “Musical Kaleidoscope” 60th Anniversary Concert! This is an all-Canadian program featuring the music of Ukrainian Canadian composers with Irena Szmihelsky as Artistic Director. Donations accepted at the door; doors open at 2:30 p.m. For details, please contact Sally at 613-837-4746 or visit the Dnipro website at http://www.dniprochoir.com/.

The Ukrainian Dnipro Ensemble of Edmonton was formed with the mandate to promote and perpetuate the finest elements of Ukrainian choral music, and to share it with the mainstream audience. The choir was founded in 1953 as a male chorus led by Roman Soltykewych and fellow supporters of Ukrainian choral music. In 1971, Dnipro became a Mixed Choir with the addition of women’s voices. Dnipro expanded to an Ensemble in 1975 with an orchestra and dance troupe, and performed and travelled widely throughout Alberta, charming audiences with its unique repertoire. In 1976 Maria Dytyniak became the Ensemble’s Conductor and began pursuing an ambitious course: touring Australia, Hawaii, and the Philippines in 1979.

Under Mrs. Dytyniak’s direction, Dnipro collaborated with Maestro Wolodymyr Kolesnyk, (past director of the Ukrainian State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Kyiv), staging two operas in the early 1980’s, and commissioning large choral-symphonic works which were performed with members of the Edmonton symphony Orchestra.

In September 2011, Irena Szmihelsky took over as Dnipro’s Conductor and Artistic Director. Dnipro is continuing its mandate of preserving the rich Ukrainian musical heritage within the parameters of the Canadian Multicultural Society. While Dnipro continues to showcase Ukrainian music to communities across Canada, the choir is very active within the local Edmonton community. Dnipro’s accomplishments include annual concerts, countless community appearances, and fundraising activities such as the Ukrainian Arts Song Project, vocal workshops for members and other Ukrainian Choirs within Edmonton, and numerous collaborative performances with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Edmonton Youth Orchestra.

This year marks a celebration of six decades of choral music excellence for the Ukrainian Dnipro Ensemble of Edmonton, culminating in a performance on Sunday, June 29 in the Citadel “Shoctor Theatre”, celebrating our 60th Anniversary. This project, symbolic of our 60-year journey, embraces the vision, musical excellence, and achievements of Ukrainian Canadian composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The splendour of musical colour inspired by hope, motivated by dedication, guided by belief, and propelled by opportunity is reflected through the multi-faceted beauty of diverse musical genres emanating from a rich Ukrainian palette. Coupled with the intent to bring our Ukrainian Canadian identity to the forefront, the Ukrainian Dnipro Ensemble of Edmonton will present multiple mirrored reflections of our past, present and future in “Musical Kaleidoscope”.

Dnipro is proud to present this all-Canadian program, featuring the works of Ukrainian Canadian composers and arrangers: Oleksander Koshets, Serhiy Eremenko, Yuri Fiala, Zenoby Lawryshyn, Joanna Estelle-Storoschuk, Larysa Kuzmenko, Roman Hurko, Willie Zwozdesky, and Denise Luchyshyn. Featured in this program (exclusive to the Edmonton concert only) will also be the world premiere of the commissioned orchestrated choral work “Spokonvichni Luny – Eternal Echoes: Legends and Myths”, by Canadian composer, Andriy Talpash, instructor in the Music Department at the University of Alberta. Privileged to collaborate with contemporary composers, we are pleased to announce that in addition to the commissioned work, this concert will also premiere a new work, “Ode to Canada”, by Joanna Estelle-Storoschuk set to the poem of the composer’s grandfather, Michael Sharik, founding member of the Edmonton Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) and past president of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee (UCC).

This 60th Anniversary celebration will also extend to eastern Canada with a FREE performance on Canada Day at the First Baptist Church in Ottawa, followed with a performance in Montreal on July 2 at the St. George’s Anglican Church. Dnipro will follow this with a concert in Manhattan, New York City on July 5 at the Advent Lutheran/Broadway United Church of Christ.

Additionally, the choir has been invited to perform at the Ukrainian American Youth Association’s “Nadiya ye” Festival in Ellenville, New York on July 6. The Ukrainian Dnipro Ensemble of Edmonton aims to share these beautiful pieces of choral music not only with the Edmonton choral society, but also with the mainstream community during Canada Day, and also with our American neighbours to the south. Our Ensemble anticipates that our audiences will appreciate this new Canadian-Ukrainian repertoire. We also look forward to other collaborations with these talented composers, and future performances of their fresh and exciting choral works.

Summer Camp Poster 2014- Junior & RegularMonday, July 7 – Friday, July 11, 2014 and Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18, 2014 Musical Theatre Summer Camp 2014! Vocal Training (speech and singing), Movement & Body Awareness, Improvisation, Audition Techniques, The Art of Props, Sets & Costumes, and the Performance of the Musical Peter Pan. Regular Camp 9:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Ages 10-15); Junior Camp 9:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Ages 7-9). Pre-camp workshops will take place on Sundays, June 1, June 8, June 15 and June 22 from 2 – 5 p.m. Learn new skills in a fun environment! Build your self esteem! No exerience is necessary so book your audition today. Book today as spaces are limited. Contact Tracey Stabback at 613-558-2425 or mail@stabbackmusic.com. See www.stabbackmusic.com for more information.