The Holodomor Commemorative Concert is an artistic tribute to the Famine-Genocide of 1932-33, when Soviet dictator Stalin murdered at least seven million Ukrainians, a third of them children, by forced starvation. 2018 marks the 85th anniversary of the genocide, and people of Ukrainian ancestry across the world, among them Ukrainian Americans throughout the Unites States, are building awareness among the general public of this horrendous crime against humanity.

Since 2017, a total of 22 proclamations and resolutions recognizing the Holodomor (the Ukrainian word for murder by starvation) as genocide have been issued by U.S. state and city governments, as did the U.S. Senate recently in a unanimous vote.

Among the world-renowned Ukrainian artists to be featured are:

• Women’s Bandura Ensemble of Noth America: bandura (a unique multi-strings instrument called “the voice of Ukraine”) and vocal group.

• Soprano Zoia Rozhok: soloist at the National Opera of Ukraine

• Cellist Natalia Khoma: recitalist and soloist with leading orchestras, laureate of the Tchaikovsky Competition

• Pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky: internationally renowned virtuoso, recitalist and chamber musician.

• Baritone Oleh Chmyr: opera and chamber vocalist on stages worldwide, winner of international competitions.

• Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv: highly acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, performer at prestigious concert series in North America, Europe and Asia.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by phone 941-220-3210 or online at ukrainianamericanorgs.tix.com.

The concert takes place on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m., at the Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice.

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