The Paderewski Polish-Ukrainian Foundation, together with the Lviv Philharmonic and the Second Life Foundation, will present an important concert at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw on Sunday, February 25 at 7 p.m. This gala event is scheduled to commemorate the second anniversary of Russian military aggression against Ukraine and celebrate the unprecedented solidarity of Poland and Ukraine, the two neighboring nations, one of whom had borne the brunt of Russian offensive and has been heroically defending its independence during the past two years.

From the day Russia invaded Ukraine, Poland and her citizens extended a warm welcome and far-reaching assistance to all Ukrainian refugees who fled the conflict. Unfortunately, this brutal war is still ongoing with a continuing loss of lives and property. The goal of Ukrainian musicians performing in this event is not only to thank their Polish neighbors for support but also to remind the world at large that Russian aggression can be stopped only when the entire Western civilization is united in its will to prevent Putin’s regime from succeeding.

The Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Volodymyr Syvokhip will present a program of works by Ukrainian and Polish composers. The concert will open with Mykola Kolessa’s Ukrainian Suite for Orchestra and Vasyl Barvinsky’s Piano Concerto in F minor. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki will be represented by his Three Pieces in Old Style and be followed by Metabola for Chamber Orchestra by young Ukrainian composer, Lubava Sydorenko. The evening will close with Grażyna—Symphonic Ballade by Borys Latoszyński. Soloists include Ukrainian pianist Violina Petrychenko, Polish-Ukrainian pianist Marianna Humetska, and Polish accordionist Klaudiusz Baran, rector of the Chopin Music University in Warsaw.