January 25, 2023
Note New location
The Maine Balkan Choir Hancock County Oblast will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church fellowship hall in Ellsworth. 121 Bucksport Rd, Ellsworth, ME 04605
This group was started in 1998 by the late Kirsten Stockman and Joe Niemczura. We were in pandemic hibernation.
This group specializes in Slavic folk singing in the village style
. Due to the bad news in Ukraine, we are preparing a program of Ukraine folk music. We will present a concert in late spring and the proceeds will be donated to a Ukraine children’s charity. When we were planning this, we were pleasantly surprised by the statewide interest in learning about the folk music and folk culture of Ukraine, and so you will certainly see there are two other sub-groups with this name. If you are closer to Belfast or Portland, please do join the other group; each is singing the same material. When we do the concert we will assemble all three groups as well as some musicians. The main benefit event will be May 21st at the Eastern Orthodox Greek Church in Portland ( see separate event announcement).
You do not need prior choral experience to join.