Vesnivka's 58th Season of Song
Vesnivka Choir is entering its 58th Season with a varied and relevant concert series. It begins with a tribute to the reknowned Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych, most famous for his work "Shchedryk". This carol was subsequently arranged and translated by American composer Peter Wilhousky as "Carol of the Bells" and is a familiar refrain every Christmas.
Our free Christmas concert is dedicated to the refugees fleeing the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. Finally, an informal concert of light, romantic dance music by Ivan Bohdan Veselowsky will herald the spring and close out our season.
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A TRIBUTE TO MYKOLA LEONTOVYCH
November 13, 2022
All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church
Featuring both sacred and secular works of this 20th century Ukrainian composer. A composer and ethnomusicologist, he is most famously known for his work “Shchedryk,” which was subsequently arranged by American composer Peter Wilhousky with English text as “Carol of the Bells.” Leontovych’s musical output is considerable and includes sacred and liturgical compositions, as well as a vast amount of arrangements of Ukrainian folk songs.
UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT: "First Christmas Away From Home"
January 22, 2023
St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond St. Toronto
Vesnivka Choir dedicates this Christmas concert to Ukrainian refugees who will be celebrating their first Christmas away from home since the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. Amidst the strains of our beloved Kolyady and Shchedrivky in Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica, they will be welcomed by Canadians and the Ukrainian diaspora and know that we all STAND WITH UKRAINE. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
'SPRING AWAKENINGS' CONCERT
April 30, 2023
Location – To be determined
Featuring the light romantic and dance music of 20th century Ukrainian-Canadian composer Ivan Bohdan Vesolowskyj. With a program of popular and beloved tunes, this concert will be presented in an informal format as a late afternoon social and will include some audience sing-along participation. A small ensemble of Toronto-area instrumental musicians will accompany the choirs.