The soundtrack to Shumka's Cinderella will take you on a rewarding journey that puts folk dance and folk music back into the folk tale. The sounds and movements unique to each Ukrainian regional dance style, the poetry of folk melodies, the spirit of the rise of Ukrainian nobility, the vibrant paintbrush of the traditional village arts scene, and, the expressive energy of the European baroque period are the backdrop for Cinderella, Shumka-style! 'Shumka's remake of the fairy-tale classic is a mega dance spectacle that promises to do for Ukrainian folk dance what Riverdance did for Irish stepping... ' and as every connoisseur of good dance knows, 50% of what you see is what you hear! Everyone who encounters Cinderella is changed, and made richer in character for having met her. You, too, will become richer in spirit for having shared the experience of Shumka's Cinderella, through the music that is the soundscape to her story. This vibrant musical score of Ukraine's award-winning composer Yuri Shevchenko, is a triumphant celebration of the passion of music and dance. Yuri is acknowledged as one of the leading talents in the Ukrainian and classical music scene. Upon completion of his studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music, Yuri was adopted into the Partnership of Composers of Ukraine. Amongst his acknowledgements is the coveted national prize for Best Musical Composition of Theatre. Classically trained in Ukraine, Yuri has a profound love of traditional folk music and is able to blend famililar melodies with new musical motifs. As a composer for theatre and film, he has an inherent understanding of music's power in enhancing a performance. Under the skilled baton of Serhiy Malovaney, this beautiful score was digitally recorded at the Dovzhenko Film Studio in Kyiv, with the 57-piece Kyiv City Symphony. The Kyiv City Symphony is comprised of members from the National Opera of Ukraine Orchestra and additional leading musicians in Kyiv. For an authenticity of sound and character that is truly reflective of the Ukrainian spirit, the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers work with Yuri Shevchenko to bring their spectacular dance theatre creations to life!