May 1 6:30 pm

A FREE benefit “Concert in Solidarity with Ukraine” celebrates Ukrainian music, poetry, and art with prominent Ukrainian artists and major guest artists in Culver City’s Robert Frost Auditorium Sunday, May 1 at 6:30pm. Jacaranda Music, Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City Forward, Culver City Unified School District, and Culver City Artist Laureate Alexey Steele & Classical Underground partner to present a direct appeal for refugee support.

Tickets are free for the event with a suggested $25 minimum charitable contribution by phone on-site. Donations will be solicited during the concert with a goal of raising significant funds for Direct Relief to provide critical health care for victims of the War in Ukraine. Audience-enabled real-time smart phone donations will be sought and displayed during the event.

An emotion filled evening of music and poetry curated by Patrick Scott, Jacaranda’s Artistic Director will include short works by classical Ukrainian, Russian and Polish composers. Living Ukrainian composers Valentin Silvestrov and Jan Freidlin, as well as the late Miroslav Skoryk, and the Romantic modernists Reinhold Gliere, and Sergei Prokofiev will be featured. Music by Dmitri Shostakovich, the soul of Soviet oppression under Stalin, and Henryk Gorecki from Poland will provide moral support. Prominent concert pianists Inna Faliks and Steven Vanhauwaert, Latin Grammy-winning cellist Antonio Lysy, and violinist Myroslava Khomik, will be joined by the Lyris Quartet, Jacaranda’s culturally diverse resident string ensemble, for a program of solos, duos, and quartets. The concert will culminate with special guest singers performing the Ukrainian National Anthem. The singers will be accompanied by the Jacaranda Youth Chamber Orchestra made up of high-achieving student string players from high school orchestras across the region. Jacaranda Music Director Mark Alan Hilt will conduct.

If you’re unable to join us, you can still help support Direct Relief. Please click here to donate.