Book the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble

Lively, capricious, soulful, uplifting…with a repertoire that encompasses classical favourites, operatic arias and choruses, folk songs and dances from around the world, the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble will bring your audience to its feet.

Comprised of the mixed-voice Shevchenko Choir and the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra, and often joined by the Desna Ukrainian Dance Co., the 75-member Ensemble presents a fast-paced program which leaps off the stage and right into your hearts.

Featuring virtuoso instrumental and vocal soloists with choir and/or orchestra, concert programs blend diverse genres into one wonderfully harmonious whole. They can be multicultural or with a specific thematic/stylistic focus: Italian songs and music in an Italian community for example.

Shevchenko Choir
At the heart of the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble is the Shevchenko Choir. With selections that range from Verdi’s Anvil Chorus to Caccini’s Ave Maria to lively Ukrainian and other folk songs, the choir moves effortlessly from genre to genre in a fast-paced and energetic show. The choir typically appears with the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra, but is also available with piano accompaniment only.

Toronto Mandolin Orchestra
Think chamber orchestra with a twist. When the TMO appears on its own, the programme is primarily classical and has the feel of a chamber concert, but with the unique sound of the mandolin. Augmented by accordion, woodwinds, piano and percussion, the TMO takes on the breadth of a classical repertoire while the distinctive character of the mandolin adds a fresh perspective.

Instrumental soloists bring virtuoso performances to an already polished show. These include solo performances on instruments such as the domra (a Russian/Ukrainian mandolin-like instrument), flute, pan flute, balalaika, cimbalom, oboe, and clarinet. Solo repertoire includes international folk music, world music, and popular classical selections.

Ira Erokhina, former soloist with the world renowned Osipov Folk Orchestra of Moscow and resident soloist with the TMO, astounds audiences with her amazing dexterity and musicianship on the 3-string domra.

Tamara Volskaya, said to be “the only string player who can challenge the supremacy of Heifetz and Kreisler in their own repertoire”, displays unbelievable virtuosity and soul performing some of the world’s greatest violin masterpieces transcribed for her 4-string domra.

The TMO also features vocal soloists, or a combination of instrumental and vocal soloists, on its programs who perform operatic arias, show tunes and traditional songs and music accompanied by the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra.

See biographies for detail on vocal soloists.

SME Versatility
Above all, the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble is versatile. It can appear as choir, orchestra, soloists and dancers; as mandolin orchestra with solo singers and musicians; or as choir with piano accompaniment.

Performance Fee
The Shevchenko Musical Ensemble is surprisingly affordable…you can bring up to 75 performers to your stage for a reasonable fee. The fee for a two hour concert by the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble and/or the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra is determined by the number of featured soloists. Each soloist’s fee is added to the base fee of $3,000.00. Travel costs are also added and the final fee is negotiable.

Samples of the Concert Repertoire of the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble.

Shevchenko Choir:
HUTSULKA KSENIA, Ukrainian Folk Song
KALINKA, Russian Folk Song
BRAVO, MONSIUER LE MONDE, French Song
ADIJO, KERIDO, Sephardic Folk Song
THE PACHELBEL CANON, J. Pachelbel
AVE MARIA, Caccini
HYMN TO FREEDOM, Oscar Peterson
SONG OF THE MIRA, A. MacGillivray

Toronto Mandolin Orchestra:
OVERTURE from the operetta Countess Maritza, E. Kalman
FOUR SEASONS Winter, A. Vivaldi
WALTZ Pushkin’s story The Blizzard, G. Sviridov
UKRAINIAN FANTASY, E. Trostyansky
FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE, N. Rimsky-Korsakov
CONCERTO FOR DOMRA, N. Budashkin
KLEZMER SUITE, J. Moscovitz
IN A PERSIAN MARKET, A. Ketelbey
SARDAR’s PROCESSIONAL from Caucasian Sketches, M. Ippolitov-Ivanov
SCHERZO from Five Pictorial Sketches for Orchestra, B. McPeek
LA PALOMA, Cuban Folk Song
OVERTURE from the operetta Angels’ Quarter, M. Theodorakis
GYPSY AIRS (Ziguenerweisen), P. de Sarasate
HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY No 2, F. Liszt

Vocal solos with orchestra:
LA CALLUNIA, G. Rossini
OL’ MAN RIVER from Showboat, J. Kern
DICITENCELLO VUIE, Leoncavallo
CARUSO, L. Dallo
NON TI SCORDAR DI ME, E. Curtis
PAPA, CAN YOU HEAR ME from Yentl, M. Legrand
DARK EYES, Traditional Russian Gypsy
LA VIE EN ROSE, Monnot & Guglielmi
I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT From My Fair Lady, F. Lowe
IF I WERE A RICH MAN from Fiddler on the Roof, J. Bock
O SOLE MIO, E. DeCapua