Ukrainian Family

Bohdan Sikora performed as a soloist from 1998-2002



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Svoboda, September 11, 1998

It is known that a series of summer concerts at Soyuzivka, organized and sponsored by the Ukrainian People’s Union, attracts a lot of attention of the Ukrainian community. Each such concert is especially responsible and exciting for its participants. This year, for the first time, a report on the ensemble Ukrainian Family from New York appeared among famous performers of names,  created by newly arrived Ukrainians recently, but already known to the Ukrainian community due to numerous performances. 

Organizer and leader of the ensemble — Oksana Lykhovyd , Master of Musicology, member of the Union of Composers of Ukraine, lecturer at the Ukrainian Music Institute of America, member of the 64th branch of the Union of Ukrainian Women’s League of America.

Famous singers Anna Bachynska (soprano) and Bohdan Sikora (tenor) are invited to participate in the programs of the Ukrainian family, which significantly complement  the ensemble programs with skillfully executed solo and duets of Ukrainian folk and classical works (with piano accompaniment by Oksana Lykhovyd), as well as some songs sung with the ensemble. The participation of these singers adorns and enriches programs of the newly created ensemble.

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At Soyuzivka: July 18-19

Ukrainian Weekly, July 12, 1998

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Soyuzivka, the upstate New York resort of the Ukrainian National Association, is ready to welcome guests for its third weekend of the summer season, July 18-19.

The season continues with a concert spotlighting a new group, the Ukrainian Family Ensemble, which will present a Ukrainian show featuring singing and recitation. The 18-member group encompasses two families of parents and chidren who have recently settled in New York after arriving in this country from Ukraine. The concert commences at 8:30 on Saturday evening.

Formed last year by a group of Ukrainians whose avocation is Ukrainian song, the ensemble’s main goal is to use song to build national awareness and knowledge of history among Ukrainian youth. The group performed “hahilky” during Eastertime at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brooklyn and appeared at the Ukrainian Festival held in May by St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manhattan. Members are now preparing an August program dedicated to the seventh anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, which will be presented on Long Island, and for the UNWLA Day to be held at Soyuzivka on August 16.

The ensemble’s director, Oksana Lykhovyd, holds a master’s degree in musicology: she is a pianist, composer, poet and member of the Composers’ Union of Ukraine.

Also to perform during the program featuring the Ukrainian Family Ensemble is the singing duo of Anna Bachynska and Bohdan Sikora.

After the concert there will be a dance to music provided by New York City’s Vodohrai band, beginning at about 10 p.m.

For information about Soyuzivka accommodations, entertainment programs, art exhibits and other special features, call (914) 626-5641.

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Ukrainian Family — Future Artists 

Lyudmyla Bairak and Lyudmyla Popova, Uzhorod

Regional Newspaper “Transcarpathian News”, 16 March, 1999

The Department of Culture of the Regional State Administration expresses sincerely thanks for the charitable help that you have provided for the families of the students of the Uzhorod Musical School in the name of Dezyderiy Zadora, Uzhorod Cultural School, Uzhorod College of the Arts in the name of Adalbert Erdelli and the Mykachevo Pedagogical School.

To their performance, the singers invited soloists Anna Bachynska (Soprano) and Bohdan Sikora (tenor) for a more deep sounding ensemble in a diverse repertoire which compiles works from Ukrainian classical and folk music.

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