The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra concert in Washington, DC will be broadcast on PBS
The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra wrapped up a tour of European and American cities with a concert in Washington, DC on August 20. This concert will be broadcast by PBS on September 9.
The US State Department sent a representative to address the audience at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. After speaking at the concert, Assistant Secretary of State Lee Satterfield tweeted, “Music is a way to tell the world who we are – tonight we celebrated what it means to be Ukrainian and free.”
She posted photos of herself with Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova and others.
“The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra includes recent refugees, Ukrainian members of European orchestras and some of the best musicians from Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odessa and elsewhere in Ukraine,” the department said in a statement released ahead of the concert. . He said PBS was filming the concert and would air it on Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
During the orchestra’s tour of Europe and America, it performed in 12 cities “including London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Berlin”, the department said. The full statement can be viewed on the US State Department website.
“Their music is their power”
The orchestra performed outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center in New York on August 18 and 19.
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield attended the August 18 concert. “Their music is their power. And they spread a simple message: the people of Ukraine will not be silenced or back down,” she tweeted.
“The embodiment of a cultured nation”
Reviewing the August 18 performance for The New York Times, Zachary Woolfe noted that the War in Ukraine was, in part, a culture war in which Russian President Vladimir Putin attempted to deny Ukraine’s distinct cultural identity.
Woolfe said that despite the bold displays of Ukrainian patriotism, the concert avoided jingoism. “Despite all its moments of great drama, the program was admirably balanced and soft-spoken, the epitome of a cultured nation,” he wrote.
Despite all its moments of great drama, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra’s program was admirably balanced and soft-spoken, the epitome of a cultured nation. https://t.co/Gf0r38OzYG
— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) August 19, 2022
During the concert, the orchestra performed Brahm’s Fourth Symphony, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Symphony No. 7 by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, an aria from Beethoven’s “Fidelio” and an “Impressionist and elegant” from the Ukrainian national anthem, Woolfe. recalled.
“A call to stop Russian aggression”
Prior to the New York concerts, Ukraine’s UN Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya accompanied the orchestra on a visit to the UN General Assembly. The diplomat tweeted that the concerts would be “a call to stop Russian aggression and disoccupy Ukraine”.
The idea for the 75-member orchestra came from Keri-Lynn Wilson, the group’s Ukrainian-Canadian conductor, NPR reported.
The orchestra had been put together with the help of the Metropolitan Opera and the Polish National Orchestra, the public broadcaster said.
Allowing young men of military age to travel outside the country was one of the ways the Ukrainian government supported the orchestra, NPR said.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts website said the concert was to be broadcast by PBS on September 9 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, but people were urged to check the schedule for their local PBS station.
On August 19, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the United States was giving Ukraine an additional $775 million in military support. “This package brings total U.S. security assistance committed to Ukraine to approximately $10.6 billion since the start of this administration,” he said.
“The courage and strength of the Ukrainian military and its people are extraordinary, and the United States will continue to provide additional systems and capabilities to Ukraine,” Blinken added. The full announcement is available on the State Department website.
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