Celebrating 100 Years of
Carol of the Bells

Carnegie Hall, New York

December 4, 2022 at 2pm

Notes from Ukraine: A Centennial Celebration Concert of Famed Ukrainian Carol: “Carol of the Bells” at Carnegie Hall on December 4.

The North American premiere of Mykola Leontovych’s “Shchedryk” took place in 1922.

Celebrating 100 Years of Carol of the Bells

The year 2022 marks one hundred years since the North American premiere of Mykola Leontovych’s “Shchedryk” (known today as “Carol of the Bells”) at New York’s Carnegie Hall. This Christmas classic has captured the American imagination through film, television and commercials — from Home Alone to Coca-Cola to the Muppets — and through performances by groups as diverse as the NBA, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and many others. 

The concert at Carnegie Hall on October 5, 1922 was part of the first Ukrainian cultural diplomacy project, a world tour by the Ukrainian Republic Capella choir conducted by renowned musician Oleksandr Koshyts. The Capella was established on the initiative of the government of Ukraine and sent abroad to promote awareness of Ukrainian independence in Europe and the Americas and to counter Russian propaganda. The tour was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Arts and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ukrainian National Republic (UNR), and they performed more than 200 concerts in North America alone, at major halls and universities.

Mykola Leontovych’s “Shchedryk” .

Programme

The concert showcases world-famous choral artists from Ukraine and North America, including Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York (as featured on SNL), Kyiv-based, Ukrainian Children’s Choir Shchedryk, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, along with special guests, including soprano, Janai Brugger, and Toronto-based Ukrainian folk singer, Marichka Marczyk. The program features a world premiere by composer Trevor Weston, setting the words of Ukrainian Nobel Prize-nominated poet, Serhiy Zhadan, as well as American choral works with Ukrainian connections by composers Eric Whitacre, Leonard Bernstein, Valentyn Sylvestrov, George Gershwin, and others.

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“This year marks the centennial of the famous U.S. tour by the Ukrainian People's Republic’s Koshyts Capella where they first performed the all-time-favorite Carol of the Bells or Shchedryk, as we call it in Ukraine. Judging by the popularity of the song one century later, the tour was a great success of Ukrainian cultural diplomacy. We take this year’s celebration as a great opportunity to celebrate Ukrainian centuries-old culture and statehood in the times when Russia tries to destroy them. I am sure the event will give the audience a sense of what we are defending and why Ukraine will win.”

— Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba stated.

Raise money for

Part of the funds raised from the tickets will be directed to the Rebuilding of Ukraine through President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Initiative UNITED24.

About UNITED24 

Fundraising platform launched by the President of Ukraine and the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. During the four months, UNITED24 collected more than 180 million dollars from citizens of 110 countries. Among the UNITED24 ambassadors are outstanding athletes Andriy Shevchenko and Elina Svitolina, creative director of Balenciaga Demna, American actor Liev Schreiber and the band Imagine Dragons.

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