The 2018 – 2019 concert season marks the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America (UBC). Founded in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1918 by Vasyl Yemets as the “Kobzar Choir”, its successor continued to perform until being disbanded by the Soviet government at the outbreak of World War II. In 1941, the ensemble was reconstituted in Ukraine’s capital by many of its former members, and eventually emigrated to the United States in 1949 where it continues its mission: to share the bandura, a 60-stringed instrument, on the global stage.
Under Artistic Director and Conductor Oleh Mahlay, the UBC returns to the Chicago-area to present its Centennial Concert Program most recently showcased on their historic Centennial Tour of Ukraine in October of 2018.
The UBC has presented over 600 concerts in North America, Australia, Europe, and Ukraine, including in venues like Carnegie Hall, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Massey Hall, and the Kyiv Opera House. Today, the members of the UBC live throughout North American, including in California, Nevada, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Virginia—over 40 percent of the members live in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario.