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Famous dance ensembles – Syzokryli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Pesvebi Georgian Dance Ensemble join critically-acclaimed singers DavidGvinianidze and Olga Lisovskaya in this colorful and exciting evening of Georgian and Ukrainian musical treasures. You will witness the exciting Ukrainian “hopak”, withits challenging acrobatics, high jumps with splits and graceful ladies with dazzling spins and streaming ribbons. To challenge them toa friendly contest, the Georgian “dzhigits” will fascinate the audience wielding their sabers with lightning speed and the beautiful girls will float delicately upon thestage. You will also hear the soulful melodies of both nations, performed skillfully by the velvety baritone of David Gvinianidze and the shimmery soprano of Olga Lisovska.
DAVID GVINIANIDZE, baritone, President and Founder of Talentsof the World, Inc., recipient of the United Nations Medal for promoting Arts and Culture in the world.
Most recently, Mr. Gvinianidze performed at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, and is returning toCarnegie Hall on April 22nd in a Tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
Native of Georgia, Mr. Gvinianidze graduated from Paniashvily Tbilisian Musical Academy with honours. While still in his second year, he became a host on Georgian television, appearing in his own program – «Tenor», which educated its large audience about classical music, opera stars, composers, perfomances, etc. This program became so popular, that after only several episodes, it was broadcast internationally. In his third year, Mr. Gvinianidze was invited to sing as a soloist at Batumi State Theatre ofOpera and Ballet.
At the same time, Mr. Gvinianidze became a laureate of the Young Performers of the Republic of Georgia and the «Golden ring» international competitions.
In 2000, the young singer arrived to Moscow, where after the first round of auditions he became a soloist of the Moscow theatre – “New Opera.”
Between 2000 and 2003 Mr. Gvinianidze combined his work in “New Opera” theatre withinternational competitions: in 2001 and 2002 he became a laureate of the Rachmaninov festival “Belaja Siren” (Moscow); in 2002 he won the first prize at International Russian Romance Performers «Romansiada» (Moscow); in 2004, a laureate of the N. Sabitov International Contest of vocalists (Ufa); and in June 2006, a laureate of the International Contest of Vocalists“Valensia-Music” (jury chairman – Fiorenza Cossotto) (Milan, Italia). At the same time he founded Talents of the World and continued active concert work.
In January 2003, after an invitation from the theater’s representatives, Mr. Gvinianidze became a soloist of the Moscow performing arts theater“Helikon Opera”.
David Gvinianidze has been on the jury of manyvoice competitions in Europe, andas a sign of recognition of contribution in cultural sphere, on July 17, 2005, on a symphonic stage of Sokolniky Park, Moscow, a grand opening ceremony of David Gvinianidze’s star took place. Several months before the “Union of Russian Theatre Men” awarded him a medal for “Patronage of Art.”
OLGA LISOVSKA, Director of Talentsof the World, Inc. (U.S. branch),soprano
Olga Lisovska is a nativeof Kyiv, Ukraine. Hailed by critics as a “wonderful coloratura soprano with the flexibility to caress the highest range notes,” Olga Lisovskaya’s recent operatic engagements were the roles of Ksenia (Boris Godunov) and Oksana in the New England premiere of Cossack Beyond the Danube by S. Hulak-Artemovsky , both with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, as part of Newton Festival of the Arts. Her Carnegie Hall début in December 2017 with Talents of the World was a great success, and she is invited to perform again at Carnegie Hall this April.
Olga Lisovska toured the East Coast as a soprano soloist with a concert program Three Tenors from Around the World, a Tribute to Mario Lanza, featuring tenors from the Metropolitan Opera. Her program of Ukrainian music has been praised by the critics and audiences andwas featured on both American andUkrainian television.
Winner of several voice competitions, Ms. Lisovskaya also holds a BA in International Politics and Economics fromMiddlebury College, Certificate in Voice from École Normale de Musique d’A. Cortot, Paris, France and Certificate of Political Sciencefrom L’Institut des Sciences Politiques, Paris, France.
In additionto being an active singer, director and producer, Olga Lisovska is a sought-after voice teacher.
Syzokryli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble In 1978, Mrs. Bohachevsky answeredthe dream of many, and founded SYZOKRYLI Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, fulfilling the need for a premiereUkrainian Dance Ensemble in the United States.
Based in New York City, Syzokryli has performed extensively throughout the United States, having graced some of its fineststages including (in NY) Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music; (in PA) the Academy of Music and Robin Hood Dell East; (in NJ) the PNC Arts Center and Newarks’ Symphony, and Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.In 1992, Syzokryli concluded a highly successful and critically acclaimed tour of Ukraine, appearing in opera houses in Ukraine’s majorcities, including Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, and Ivano-Frankivsk.
In 2015, Syzokryli participated in Commonwealth Lyric Theater’s opera production of Cossack Beyond the Danubeby Gulak-Artemovsky. Jeremy Eichler of The Boston Globe praised: “…the dancing … was vivid, skillfully executed, and full of ardor.”
Pesvebi NY PESVEBI is a dynamic dance ensemble, based in Brooklyn, NY, dedicated to the showcasing and preservation of traditionalGeorgian dance, culture and tradition. Pesvebi was founded by Shorena Barbakadze and Vano Goderdzishvili who emigrated from the Republic of Georgia to New York in 1998. After their son was born, they soon realized that children who were born in the USA of other Georgian immigrants in the area had a limited understanding of their heritageand lacked a community base. Theywent on to establish the GeorgianCultural Center in the USA, including the creation of the Pesvebi dance ensemble. Pesvebi quickly became popular — driven by hard work, creativity, dedication and community support. Today Pesvebi has alarge membership of talented dancers, and a busy performance schedule including tours in the USA, Georgia and Europe. It enjoys the support of prominent dance professionals including Gaga Natsvlishvili, Gogita Tatulishvili, Gia Melkadze,and Aleko Nadareishvili. The Georgian Cultural Center in the USA has also grown, and now includes classes in Georgian language and literature, folk singing and instruments, ballet, piano, drama, art and voice, as well as tutoring in mathand English. Boston Musical Intelligencer was impressed by Pesvebi’s dancing at Majestic Theater last year as part of Commonwealth Lyric Theater’s production: “…the acrobatic men, who engage in what looks like a rapid-fire Morris dance with sparking swords instead of sticks.”