Art Over Adversity: Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra to perform only Irish concert at NCH this August as part of European and US tour

 

Media Release 2nd June 2022

• Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Monday 15th August 7.30pm. All Proceeds from the concert will support Ukrainian artists.
• Programme highlights – Ukrainian National anthem, Ukrainian composer Silvestrov’s 7th Symphony, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
• Led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor  Keri-Lynn Wilson with Ukrainian soloists: soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska and guest pianist Anna Fedorova. 
• Produced by The Metropolitan Opera, New York and Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and United Airlines, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra tour is managed by the UK concert agency Askonasholt. The NCH performance is supported by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and The Department of Foreign Affairs and print media partner The Irish Times.

Leading Ukrainian musicians from Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and elsewhere in Ukraine and recent refugees join members of European orchestras to form the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra. The ensemble, who are undertaking a European this summer, will perform their only Irish concert at the National Concert Hall Dublin on Monday 15th August 2022 7.30pm, before undertaking a tour of the US. 
 
The Ukraine Ministry of Culture granted special exemption to military-age, male members of orchestras inside the country to participate, giving them permission to put down their weapons and take up their instruments in a remarkable demonstration of the power of art over adversity.
 
Under the leadership of Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will perform a programme that includes Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s Seventh Symphony; Chopin’s moving Piano Concerto No. 2 with Ukrainian virtuoso pianist Anna Fedorova as soloist, and Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, otherwise known as ‘From The New World’ Symphony. Leading Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska will also perform Leonora’s great aria “Abscheulicher!” from Beethoven’s Fidelio, described as ‘a paean to humanity and peace in the face of violence and cruelty’.
 
Maura McGrath, Chairperson and Robert Read, CEO of The National Concert Hall said:
“As the leading National Cultural Institution for music in Ireland, we acknowledge the tremendous power of music as a force for good, in bringing people together, inspiring, uplifting and offering hope particularly in times of strife and conflict. In recognising the ‘the power of art and music over adversity’ and in support of the artists and people of Ukraine, the National Concert Hall is pleased to host this very special concert as part of their European Tour, with proceeds going to Ukrainian artists. We are also pleased to be presenting a ‘Concert for Ukraine’ with the National Symphony  Orchestra and opera star Celine Byrne on 10th June, with all proceeds going to the Ireland for Ukraine Fund with funds allocated by the Community Foundation for Ireland”. 
 
The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra tour which begins in Warsaw 28th July will culminate in Kennedy Centre, D. C. USA later in the Summer. Produced by The Metropolitan Opera and Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera, and sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and United Airlines, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra tour is managed by the UK concert agency Askonasholt, one of the world’s leading management agencies. 
 
The NCH performance is presented by the National Concert Hall, supported by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and The Department of Foreign Affairs and print media partner The Irish Times.
 
Money raised from the tour will go to the ministry to support Ukrainian artists.
 

Monday 15th August 7.30pm
Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra
Keri-Lynn Wilson conductor 
Anna Federova piano 
Liudmyla Monastyrska soprano
 
Programme:
Ukrainian National Anthem (string arrangement by Ukrainian composer Yuri Shevchenko)
Valentin Sylvestrov Symphony No. 7
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 
Beethoven ‘Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?’ from Fidelio
Dvořák Symphony No. 9
 
Tickets: €24.50, €37.50, €49.50
10% Discount for Friends of the NCH 
10% Discount available for Group Bookers
www.nch.ie
All proceeds will go to the ministry to support Ukrainian artists.
 
ENDS
Media Queries: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 087 1775334
 

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