Led by Music Director Alexander Kuzma, Yevshan performed its first full-length concert more than 20 years ago, in 1999. Since then, the choir has performed in concerts and liturgical services in Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., and in benefit concerts with Connecticut’s Polish, Jewish, and Lithuanian communities. The choir has collaborated with Chorale Connecticut, the Yale Slavic Chorus, the Yale Russian Chorus, the Zolotyj Promin Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and other Connecticut-based ensembles.
Yevshan’s repertoire includes selections from Ukraine’s rich tradition of liturgical, folk, seasonal, and patriotic choral music spanning more than 500 years – much of it banned during the Soviet era. The concert will include pieces rarely heard in North America. Many of these were painstakingly collected from various villages by ethnographers in the early 20th Century and later arranged for choirs and ensembles. The choir will also perform more recent arrangements of choral works composed since Ukraine regained its independence in 1991. Rounding out the program will be brief translations of Ukrainian folk poems and traditional New Year greetings offered during door-to-door caroling in Ukrainian villages.