MPS Orchestra Students Perform Ukrainian Folk Song
MPS orchestra students recently joined with an international community of musicians to perform a Ukrainian folk tune entitled “Verbovaya Doschechka” in support of Ukraine. The international effort came together after violinist Karenza Peacock discovered that Ukrainian musicians had their instruments with them while sheltering in basements during the ongoing Russian invasion. Peacock asked one of those musicians, Illia Bondarenko, to make a recording. Bondarenko obliged, waiting for moments in between bombings in his basement in Kyiv, to record this brief folk tune. Peacock then asked colleagues all over the world to accompany the violinists from Ukraine in harmony. After 48 hours, over 94 musicians from 29 countries joined in solidarity.
Music teacher Taralyn Bulyk wanted to share this with students and follow suit. She expanded the music provided to include all of the instrumentation in the orchestra as well as parts that would be easily attainable for beginner musicians. The ensemble combines 6th- 12th grade orchestra students. The students did a wonderful job learning and performing “Verbovaya Doschechka” (arranged by Illia Bondarenko).