Dec 06 2019

HOOSLI Celebrates 50 Years!

The well-known Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus is celebrating 50 years of spirit and song in 2019 with a full schedule of exciting events and performances. "Hoosli is thrilled to embark on a year-long celebration of its continued commitment to Ukrainian culture and music," Dr. Mark Karpa, is the chair of the 50th anniversary committee. "We want to share our passion with a wider audience and invite all Manitobans to join together with our alumni and longtime supporters to help us mark this important milestone."

Hoosli began as an idea among high school friends in 1969, when alumni of the REDEMPTORIST FATHERS' SAINT VLADIMIR'S COLLEGE High School and Minor Seminary in Roblin, MB formed a choir in Winnipeg to preserve and promote the Ukrainian culture and the rich Ukrainian faith heritage through the unique tradition of male choral music. Since then, nearly 200 men have poured their hearts and soul into the choir and captured the attention of audiences within Winnipeg's Ukrainian community and well beyond with their majestic four-part harmonies and lively performances.

The internationally-acclaimed chorus has performed across North America, released ten

albums and frequently sung the anthems at games for the National Hockey League, the Canadian Football League and American Association Baseball.

The group's repertoire includes solemn liturgical music, traditional folk songs and patriotic songs of Ukraine and the Cossacks. The name Hoosli is derived from an ancient Ukrainian stringed musical instrument similar to a zither. "The singers' talents and dedication have made this group the institution it has become to our community today," said Christopher Sklepowich, chair of the Hoosli board of directors. "The 32 singers in our group this year are fortunate enough to be part of these celebrations, and we do so because of the men who built this group to be what it is today and for the future singers who will carry on this legacy and tradition into the future."

The 2019 calendar features several public events and performances can be seen [HERE].

Hoosli's 50th Anniversary Gala Concert is scheduled for 6 December 2019 at the Centennial Concert Hall and will feature guest performances by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, soprano Andriana Chuchman, accordionist Myron Kurjewicz and Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.

Hoosli named a new conductor in 2018, Tadeusz Biernacki, who will help bring together the singers' vocal talents with these world-class artists.

Watch for Hoosli's multimedia exhibit that chronicles the evolution of Hoosli over the past five decades that includes photographs, posters and programs as it travels to events throughout the year.

The chorus is planning alumni events and encourages former members to contact the

group to participate. Ticket information and further details will be posted throughout 2019 at:


Email: Hoosli@gmail.com

Facebook: @HoosliUMC

Twitter: @Hoosli

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