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Monthly Archives: December 2017

“Shchedryk” Can Work Miracles With Your Heart

Urgently in need of Christmas magic? Watch this clay cartoon from the Ukrainian band “Vopli Vidopliassova” Back in 2010 Oleg Skrypka wrote his own charismatic version of the classic Ukrainian folk song “Shchedryk” and recorded it with the participation of musicians from “Les Grand Orchestra” and Taras and Olga Chubay in a studio on the […]

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but banduras are so delightful :)

The Ukrainian band “Shpylyasti kobzari” has performed the world famous Christmas song “Let it snow” in Ukrainian accompanied by banduras. The Bandura Style musical project is designed to promote and popularize the Ukrainian traditional instrument “bandura”. In this music video, the band members prove that the bandura is extremely good at creating a Christmas atmosphere […]

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Leontovych’s “Shchedryk” and True Christmas Magic

  The whole world knows the heart-piercingly beautiful melody of “Carol of the Bells”. But only few are aware of the amazing history behind this Christmas classic.   “Shchedryk” became popular thanks to the famous Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych. The first edition of “Shchedryk” was written around 1901-1902. For the first time, “Shchedryk” was performed […]

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Gingerbread Lviv: American Ingredients, Ukrainian Spirit

As Christmas approaches, this festive gift tradition brings two countries closer on a new gingerbread level. The family of US Deputy Assistant Ambassador created a small gingerbread copy of Lviv’s famous central square “Ploscha Rynok” to be exhibited at the charity gingerbread fair in Lviv. The deputy ambassador and his family spent almost a month […]

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