Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus Join Ukrainian Musicians for Benefit Concert


On Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m., the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and members of the Lyric Opera Stage Artists Chorus will perform the “We Stand with Ukraine” benefit concert.

Taking place at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral at 835 N. Oakley Boulevard in Chicago, the concert is presented by the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, St. Nicholas Cathedral School, and the Chicago Sister Cities International Kyiv Committee .

Proceeds will support the needs of newly arrived Ukrainian children enrolling in St. Nicholas Cathedral School, as well as humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Conducted by Michael Holian, the “We Stand with Ukraine” benefit concert will feature music by Lyssenko, Hulak-Artemovsky, Skoryk, Barber, Elgar and Verdi.

Bassoonist and organizing musician Preman Tilson explains the genesis of the benefit concert: “We were all shocked by the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine. Connecting with Chicago’s Ukrainian-American community has been incredibly rewarding, and the musicians are very happy to volunteer their time. and talents. I hope we can make a real difference in the lives of refugee children who come to Chicago.

The musicians of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra are particularly eager to perform alongside Ukrainian musicians and singers. Violinist Laura Miller adds, “Many of us feel quite helpless and are looking for ways to contribute in a meaningful way. Music is truly an international language, and sharing the stage with local Ukrainian musicians will be a very moving experience. the cathedral with the music and stay united as one people.”

Tickets for the “We Stand with Ukraine” benefit concert cost $100 per person. Donations are welcome and appreciated. To purchase tickets, visit:


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