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Sunday, December 4, "Shchedryk" Nicholas Leontovych sounded again within the walls of the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York.
“It was here 100 years ago that Americans first heard Leontovych's famous Christmas melody and fell in love with it. Now "Carol of the Bells" is a necessary attribute of Christmas for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the world. Vladimir Zelensky and Elena Zelenskaya addressed the audience with a video message. The participation of the presidential couple underlined the importance of “Shchedryk” and Ukrainian culture,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Instagram.
“Ukraine is proud of Leontovych's work. Through it, we tell the world about Ukrainian culture and identity. This is especially important now, when Russia is trying to destroy our people. That is why the evening began with applause for the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” he said.
Ukrainian children's choir "Shchedryk" performed in front of an audience of thousands in the hall and online from Kyiv, Ukrainian choir "Dumka" from New York, Trinity Wall Street Choir.
In addition, the minister said, composer Trevor Weston presented a new composition based on a poem by Sergei Zhadan, written especially for this concert.
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