NP-UN Western Bureau.
The Very Rev. Volodymyr Kouchnir, prior of St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral in Montreal, performed a Charity Fundraising Concert supporting injured soldiers and orphans in Ukraine, at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex in Edmonton on September 30.
Donations and proceeds from the event will purchase much needed medical supplies, and will support the “Sonechko” orphanage in Lviv Oblast.
Entitled “Razom z Ukrayinoyu” (Together with Ukraine) the two-hour performance featured numerous sets by Kouchnir, interspersed by guest artists, the Zemlia Trio, the Ruta Vocal Ensemble and the Dunai Dancers.
Master of Ceremonies was Roman Brytan of World FM Radio.
Kouchnir’s repertoire ranged from religious to patriotic to contemporary pop and was very well received by the enthusiastic, though disappointingly small audience.
They were all original pieces, and all were composed by O. Senkiw, though the lyricists were many.
Guest artists were greeted with equal aplomb, cries of “bravo” resounding for the Zemlia Trio, consisting of Natalia Onyschuk, Irena Tarnawsky, and for Ksenia Maryniak, who performed two numbers, “Pytayet’sia viter smerty” (The Wind Asks Death) and “Ukrayino liubov moya” (Ukraine My Love), and the Ruta Ensemble who closed their three-piece set with an emotional rendition of “Dole moya dole” (Fate, My Fate).
The Dunai Dancers performed a series of duets as well as regional dances, which were enthusiastically applauded.