Author: Ihor Slabicky

JAMESTOWN, R.I. – Much of America’s greatness is exemplified by its grassroots responses to global crises and events of world import. Since Russia launched its full-scale war on Ukraine in February, many local events in support of Ukraine have helped to raise awareness about the country and those affected by this invasion. One such event took place in the smallest state of the Union. The Sunflower Family Festival, organized by the Jamestown Ukraine Relief Project, took place on August 27 on the grounds of Lawn Avenue School in Jamestown, R.I. The festival drew an exceptionally large attendance. Besides attendees from…

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NEW YORK – Virlana Tkacz, the acclaimed director of the Yara Arts Group in New York, presented “Yara’s Winter Festival: New and Old World Music” during a series of concerts on December 17-19 at The Ukrainian Museum in New York City. The concert on December 17 featured a performance by Julian Kytasty, the world-renowned bandura player who has redefined the capabilities of the bandura and kobza. It also featured Xiao-Fen Min, a classically trained musician who was the principal pipa soloist with the Nanjing Traditional Music Orchestra and now performs and records her traditional and improvisational music in the United…

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NEW YORK – The sound of the trembita reverberated throughout The Ukrainian Museum on Saturday, December 6, 2014, signaling that the Koliadnyky from Kryvorivnia had arrived. Presented by Virlana Tkacz and Yara Arts Group, “Koliada and Music from the Carpathians” opened with two performances at the museum. The Koliadnyky are a group of five men...

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