The Phoenix valley will serve as the site for the U.S. premiere of the emotionally riveting documentary film, Music of Survival: The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus.
Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 PM, the film premiere will be held at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale (http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/music-survival-story-ukrainian-bandurist-chorus). The filmmaker, Orest Sushko, will be present for the weekend premiere celebration.
On Saturday, March 7, from 2-4 PM in Recital Hall, the Melikian Center will be pleased to join the ASU School of Music in hosting a special panel discussion addressing the historical context for the film. The panel will include visiting ethnomusicologists from Bard College (Professor Maria Sonevytsky) and the University of Pittsburgh (Professor Adriana Helbig), along with Arizona State University colleagues.
[Recital Hall is located on the 5th floor of the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music music building -http://music.asu.edu/facilities/recital_hall.php ].
The panel discussion and film premiere are being brought to Phoenix thanks to the leadership of the ASU Melikian Center faculty affiliate, Professor Mark von Hagen, an historian of modern Ukraine.