The Enduring Resonance of Carol of the Bells: Ukrainian Origins
1219 International Affairs Building
420 W 118th Street, 12th floor
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Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for The Enduring Resonance of Carol of the Bells: Ukrainian Origins and Musical Contexts.
In honor of the centennial celebration of the first performance of Mykola Leontovych’s “Shchedryk” (known to most Americans as “Carol of the Bells”) in North America at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, this panel will explore the historical context of the composed song, the tour that brought it to the United States, and its legacy as a cultural treasure of the United States and Ukraine. Panelists Maria Sonevytsky, with contributions from Prof. Yevhen Yefremov, will discuss the folk music that inspired Leontovych’s composition; Marika Kuzma will offer background on Ukrainian choral history and its place within the context of Western European repertoires; Leah Batstone will outline the early modernist milieu of Leontovych and other composers in his sphere; and Tina Peresunko will provide a short history of the Ukrainian Republic Capella tour and the global response to its singers. Mark Andryczyk (Harriman Institute) will moderate. Cosponsored by Institute Leontovych and the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival.