Ivasiuk lives on!

Participants sing Chervona Ruta Photo: Marko Kopinec

Edmonton community issues challenge to post Ivasiuk songs

NP-UN Western Bureau.

Over 120 members of the Ukrainian community in Edmonton turned out to film a recording of Volodymr Ivasiuk’s renowned piece “Chervona Ruta” at City Hall.

This was a challenge to Ukrainians around the world to sing and to post on social media various songs of Volodymyr Ivasiuk.

The organizers of the event, entitled “Ivasiuk Lives On!” were the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta and Alberta Ukrainian Media Association, through an ad hoc committee led by Vlodko Boychuk and Orest Soltykevych.

“All who came, wanted to participate, very much wanted to sing Chervona Ruta, all went away happy. This was very much a moving experience,” stated Luba Bell, President of UMSA. The event was organized to celebrate what would have been the 70th birthday of famous Ukrainian composer Ivasiuk, and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his tragic death.

Invitations to participate were sent to all Ukrainian choirs, the Plast and CYM youth groups, the Ivan Franko School, the Ukrainian Bilingual Programs and other Ukrainian organizations and were posted on social media. About 130 people were singing.

Orest Soltykevych conducted, while Irena Tarnawsky served as accompanist.

The singing of Chervona Ruta was filmed and the World Premiere of this event will be at “Cafe Ivasiuk” on Friday, October 18 at 7:30 PM, at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex.