LINCOLN, Neb. – Ukrainian musicians became a major feature at the Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival that each summer brings thousands of music lovers to the state capitol and the University of Nebraska.
From July 22-31, the Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival hosted Ukrainian American bandurists and vocalists Julian Kytasty and Alina and Teryn Kuzma for a series of concerts featuring Ukrainian folk ballads, ritual songs, spirituals and instrumental jam sessions.
The visiting Ukrainian artists were also featured on Nebraska’s National Public Radio station. Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, many audience members were moved to tears by Alina Kuzma’s rendition of the haunting folk ballad “Cherez Pole Shyrokeye” (“Across the wide field”) arranged by her late uncle Victor Kytasty.