Bandura: The Soul of Ukraine (concert/film showing)

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Presented by Standing Rock Cultural Arts at North Water Street Gallery, Kent OH

Jan 13
Bandura: The Soul of Ukraine (concert/film showing)

A performance by Oleh Mahlay on the 60-string bandura, Ukraine’s national musical instrument, in conjunction with a showing of a new documentary film about this instrument.

The 60-string bandura, a zither-like instrument with a crystalline tone, has been called “The Soul of Ukraine.” Formerly played by itinerant blind bards called kobzari, who served as the conscience of their nation, the bandura and its tradition were nearly extinguished over the past century due to rigorous Soviet oppression and the disruption of the Second World War. Bandura performer/vocalist Oleh Mahlay, a proud inheritor of this tradition who serves as the artistic director and conductor of the North American-based Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, will introduce listeners to this magical instrument and its compelling history.
As a special bonus, the evening will also include a showing of a documentary film entitled Music of Survival: The Story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus (dir. Orest Sushko, 2014; 60 min with English narration and subtitles.), which illustrates the bandurist as bard, as seer, as spiritual emissary for the soul of the Ukrainian people, then and now, in Ukraine and
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$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

Contact: 3306731352


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Additional time info:

The event is preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks. The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.



North Water Street Gallery

300 N. Water Street, Suite H, Kent, OH 44240


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