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History of Ukrainian Male Chorus

The Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton was formed in 1984

1986 Choir performs at Expo '86

1989 Choir sings the Canadian national anthem at an Edmonton Oilers game

1991 Choir performs for the first time at the annual Men Making Music concert, featuring four male choirs from Edmonton

1992 Choir records its first album titled That Old Sheepskin Coat. The music honoured the centennial of Ukrainian settlement in Canada

1996 Choir performs at the International Choral Festival in Missoula, Montana, USA

1997 Choir performs at the Heritage Days Festival in Edmonton, Alberta

1998 Choir performs at the Pysanka Ukrainian Festival in Vegreville, Alberta

1999 Choir performs at the Ukrainian Festival in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

2000 Choir performs at the 35th Canadian National Ukrainian Festival.

2001 Choir performs at the 10th Anniversary of Men Making Music

2002 Choir travels to Poland and Ukraine to performin the following centres: Gdansk, Elblag, Koshalin and Uluch (Poland) and Lviv, Ternopil and Hrytsevolja (Ukraine)

Choir stages their own show at the Winspear Centre

2003

Choir records its second album titled Ukrainian Male Chorus Live, a compilation of live performances at the annual Men Making Music concert

Choir performs the Malanka Suite commissioned by the choir in honour of former chorister Taras Uzwyshyn. The work was composed by Willi Zwozdesky and is a compilation of songs about the Ukrainian New Year celebrations

2005

Choir records its third album, Malanka Suite - Great Choral Traditions of the Ukrainian Christmas Season. This album contains all songs contained in the Malanka Suite as described above as well as other traditional Ukrainian carols and vinchovannjas (Christmas greetings)

Choir performs joint concerts with Belle Canto Women's Vocal Ensemble entitled Slav and Soul in Edmonton and Calgary.  The choirs jointly sing Ukrainian and traditional Soul selections

2006

Choir with Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Edmonton Branch, produces a 20th Anniversary commemoration of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster

2007

Choir joins with Suziriya Ukrainian Dance Theatre of Calgary to produce the folk opera "Kateryna". The production is performed in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg

2008

Choir together with Suziriya Ukrainian Dance Theatre of Calgary tours Australia with the production "Kateryna" in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth

2009

Choir together with Suziriya Ukrainian Dance Theatre of Calgary performs "Kateryna" in Victoria and Nanaimo

Choir performs "Carmina Burana" with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Choir performs its 25th Anniversary Concert entitled, "The Spirit Lives On!"

2010

Choir together with Suziriya Ukrainian Dance Theatre of Calgary performs "Kateryna" in Montreal and Ottawa

Choir performs in Toronto and St. Catherine's with the Vesnivka Women's Choir and premieres the song 80,000 Voices written in commemoration of the internment of Ukrainian Canadians during World War 2

Choir brings back its annual Festive Mosaic Christmas Concert

2011

Choir performs with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in their Lighter Classic Series

Choir performs alone and with massed choir at concert commemorating the 150th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko's death

Choir commissions Edmonton-based composer Andriy Talpash to write a medley of songs popularized by the Urkainian-Canadian singing duo, Mickey & Bunny

Choirs tours Urkaine for the second time, performing in a number of cities and villages in both Western and Eastern Urkaine, including a liturgy in Lviv and at Taras Shevchenko's monument in Khaniv.

2012

Choir performs with three others choirs at Edmonton Symphony Concert "Glorious Voices"

Choir presents its first annual "Borshch Fest" with a borshch cooking contest and tastings

2013

Choir performs at "Symphony for Kids" concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Choir performs at the 40th Annual Pysanka Ukrainian Festival in Vegreville, Alberta


 

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