Ukrainian bandura concert this Saturday at Macomb Performing Arts to benefit Ukraine – Macomb Daily

It’s easy to burn a book about Ukrainian history and culture, but not a song.

This is the basis of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus (UBC), which will perform at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Center in Clinton Township for the Ukrainian people.

“UBC, based in Detroit, was founded by Ukrainians fleeing Soviet persecution after World War II. The parallels between then and what is happening now are haunting,” said Jordan Fylonenko of the Ukrainian-American Crisis Response Committee of Michigan. “As Putin seeks to obliterate the Ukrainian nation, institutions like the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus are vitally important in ensuring the survival of Ukrainian culture and history.”

For more than 100 years, Michigan-based UBC has been the guardian of the majestic 60-string musical instrument known as the bandura, proudly touring the world in celebration of the national identity icon of the Ukraine, its voice and the bearer of its soul.

The Save the Ukrainian Voice Charity Concert for Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine, for this reason, is not just a benefit concert for ongoing humanitarian efforts in Europe. It is a celebration of Ukrainian culture and history, expressed through the music of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America, whose members unite in Macomb County for the benefit of their countrymen. Ukrainians.

“We have people who come from all over the United States and Canada,” said Anatoli Murha, president of UBC, whose father has now taught him to play the instrument that looks like a guitar but has 60 strings and no frets.

As a boy growing up in Livonia, the instrument was always around. So it’s no surprise that Murha ends up getting it back. But it’s a tough instrument to play and what really drove him to not just learn it, but become good enough to join UBC, was the history of the instrument.

“He told me how important it was for Ukrainians and how essential it was to our culture,” Murha said.

For centuries, musicians traveled from village to village playing songs on the bandura that inspired Ukraine’s nationality and independence. When Russia ruled Ukraine in the 1930s and 1940s, many brave musicians who carried on the traditions of their ancestors were killed because of the thoughts that music provoked in Ukrainians. “They were scared of it,” said Murha, who admits that when he hears the music, he is moved by it. “You get emotional. You feel proud. We all have ties with Ukraine.

Among the favorite Ukrainian songs is “The Guelder Rose In The Meadow”.

“It’s like a second anthem for Ukraine,” Murha said. “The words describe how Ukraine is worried about Moscow but will rejoice again after Ukraine is liberated. And that they will harvest spring wheat. Very, very similar today.

And it’s not unlike how Americans are moved by “America the Beautiful.” It tugs at your heartstrings.

It’s also very entertaining for those unfamiliar with Ukrainian music, as it’s played on an instrument unlike anything you’ve ever seen, Murha said.

Saturday’s performance in support of Ukraine will include special guests.

Tickets start at $28.

To purchase tickets, visit the Macomb Center box office at or call 586-286-2222.

All proceeds from the performance, after expenses, will benefit a number of non-profit organizations providing humanitarian aid to war-torn Ukraine.

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located at 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township.

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