News from and about Ukraine & Ukrainians: Ukrainian Community Press Releases
BRAMA, September 10, 2001, 1 am ET
Observing 10 Years of Independence at the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations
H.E. Valery Kuchinsky joins the guests of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations in singing the national anthem, Shche Ne Vmerla Ukrayina. More than 80 Ambassadors of Member States of the UN came by to mark Ukraine's 10th year of independence.
l-r: Unidentified (U.S. Customs), Mrs. Alla Kuchinsky, Ambassador Kuchinksy, Mr. Kravets (Air Ukraine), Dr. Eugene Holuka (Children of the World Foundation).
[l] Col. Patrice Sartre (French Marines);
[r] Colonel Victor I. Hvozd, Military Advisor, Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN.
[l] Irene Jarosewich, Editor-in-Chief of Svoboda;
[r] Olga Stawnychy, World Federation of Ukrainian Womens' Organizations.
l-r: Consul General, Mr. Serhii Pohorel'tsev; Ambassador Kuchinksy; Mr. Ihor Sochan, Plast
Col. Hvozd shares a light moment with the effervescent Fr. Bohdan Lukie (Pastor, St. John the Baptist Church, Newark).
New York - Well-wishers streamed into the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations on Friday September 7, in honor of the 10th anniversary of Ukraine's independence. According to His Excellency Valeriy Kuchinsky, at least 80 ambassadors from Member States of the United Nations dropped in to offer their congratulations on this auspicious occasion.
Representatives from the Diaspora were also graciously invited to join the guests at the Mission by the Ambassador and his wife, Alla Kuchinsky. Mrs. Kuchinksy arranged for a special appearance of singer Mariana Sadovska, who performed selections of ancient ritual and folk songs that she collected in Ukraine.
Observance of the national holiday in Ukraine took place on August 24 as officially designated. Since much of Ukraine's diplomatic corps was at home for the jubilee, overseas celebrations have been scheduled for the post-summer season.
Ukrainian folk singer Mariana Sadovska has made a sensational impression on the arts community in the U.S., and electrified the listeners at the Mission with a powerful voice that belies her petite frame.
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"Sometimes a musician has such an inborn desire to communicate that her message naturally becomes universal: it doesn't matter whether she is singing soul or bel canto or folk. The responsibilities, protocol and tradition of whatever style she is working in just vanish; she replaces them with pure vitality. ... Some moments in the performance recalled white gospel music from Appalachia. At other times Ms. Sadovska's delivery was as wired, forthright and sexual as a rock star's - Polly Jean Harvey, perhaps. She could have been singing the same material in front of a rock trio." - Ben Ratcliff, New York Times, 3/8/01.
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