A Ukrainian Wedding


Friday 17 May 2024, 7:00 P.M.
Grace Episcopal Church

Lincoln City

Saturday 18 May 2024, 2:00 P.M.
Lincoln City Cultural Center


Sunday 19 May 2024, 3:00 P.M.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox

sung by the women of Cappella Romana

This concert is a benefit fundraiser to make possible a new recording of this program to be released next year.

Ukrainian American ethnomusicologist, folklorist, and singer Nadia Tarnawsky leads the women of Cappella Romana in village folk songs, sacred chants, and choral works for a Ukrainian wedding. She collected many of these songs in field work in Ukraine before the war.

A traditional Ukrainian wedding transpires over several days, comprised of numerous significant moments of transition. These include the arrival of the matchmakers, the engagement, the making of the wedding bread, the dressing of the bridal couple, the blessings bestowed by the parents, the ritual of marriage, the celebration, and saying farewell to the bride.

Each of these moments is accompanied by the singing of the women of the families and of the community.

Also features Ukrainian singers (refugees from the current war) Inna Kovtun and Hanna Tishchenko.

Nadia Tarnawsky, conductor and principal soloist

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Cappella Romana follows CDC and local health regulations. For more information, please click here.


Grace Episcopal Church

1545 Franklin Avenue, Astoria, OR

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

3131 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR