On December 4, the Notes From Ukraine charity concert will take place in the prestigious Carnegie Hall concert hall in New York.
The event is timed to the 100th anniversary of the song premiere “Shchedryk” (known today as “Carol of the Bells”) by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych, which took place in 1922 in New York in the same hall where The Beatles, Bela Bartok, Nina Simone and other iconic artists once performed.
The presenters will be director Martin Scorsese (“Taxi Driver”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “The Irishman”) and American actress of Ukrainian origin Vera Farmiga.
The participants of the concert are:
- Ukrainian children’s choir “Schedryk” from Kyiv;
- Trinity Wall Street American Choir;
- Ukrainian North American bandurist band named after T. Shevchenko;
- Ukrainian choir “Dumka” from New York;
- American opera singer Janay Brugger;
- Ukrainian folk singer Marichka Marchyk.
The programme features a world premiere by composer Trevor Weston, setting the words of Ukrainian Nobel Prize-nominated poet Serhiy Zhadan, commissioned specifically for the concert. There will be performances of such composers’ music as Eric Whitacre, Leonard Bernstein, Valentyn Sylvestrov, George Gershwin, and others.
The best thing is that you can watch all this online on the Vimeo service. Starts on December 4 at 21:00 Kyiv time via the link.
The concert is organized by the Ukrainian Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Razom for Ukraine, and Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA, the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN, and the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York. Part of the funds from the purchased tickets will be directed to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Initiative: United24 Rebuild Ukraine campaign.