Upcoming CA and NY concerts for Ukraine

The Ukrainian Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the Honorary Polish Consulate in San Francisco (per the San Francisco Chronicle) and the Kosciuszko Foundation have shared the following events in the NYC, L.A. and Bay-area regions. These musical events are raising funds for the humanitarian relief of the Ukrainian people. 

4/29: Fundraising Concert in Support of Ukraine

The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York presents an evening of classical music, readings and talks. There will be performances by Sergei Babayan (piano), Elena Lisitsian (piano), Hrachya Avanesyan (violin), Sevak Avanesyan (cello), Melanie Henley Heyn (soprano), Alessandro Ricciarelli (guitar), and Florian Feuser (contrabass). Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists as well as the organizers of the initiative.

100% of all donations will go to Ukraine through the two organizations: Heal Our Heroes Ukraine (healourheroes.com) or Fyno Foundation (fynofoundation.org). Minimum suggested donation of $250.

Friday, April 29, 2022 | 7 p.m.
Fundraising Concert in Support of Ukraine
Kosciuszko Foundation Headquarters
15 E 65th St, New York City, NY
RSVP Required; donations encouraged

4/30: Unlocked Festival

Oakland’s Unlocked Festival—contemporary music festival celebrating the spirit of creativity and resilience—enters its sixth year with an impressive lineup scheduled. Performers include the Rova Saxophone QuartetLenora Lee and Francis WongPositive Knowledge (Oluyemi and Ijeoma Thomas), duo B. (Jason Levis and Lisa Mezzacappa), Tongo Eisen-MartinEvicshenGrex (Karl Evangelista and Rei Scampavia), Tom Weeks and more.

Proceeds from this year’s festival will directly support Bay Area community spaces and relief efforts for the people of Ukraine.

Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 4-9 p.m.
Unlocked Festival
Temescal Arts Center
511 48th St., Oakland, CA 94609
Free, donations encouraged
Live stream via YouTube and Facebook 
Info: grexsounds.com/unlocked.html

5/6: Soul & Solidarity ~ A Benefit Concert for Ukraine

Sara and Andy Kurtzig of the Arizae Foundation and local vocal coach Amber Morris present a star-studded lineup including vocalists Matt Hansen, Devon Baldwin, Rozzi, Ryann Swan, Sophia Bromberg and indie rockers Presidio with Gabriela de la Cruz and Will Zesiger.

Friday, May 6, 2022 | VIP Reception: 6:15, Concert 7:00 p.m.
Soul & Solidarity: A Benefit Concert for Ukraine
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tickets: $50-$150, reservations encouraged via eventbrite.com
Info: 415-388-3850 or sweetwatermusichall.com

5/6: We Stand With Ukraine Charity Concert

A benefit event is scheduled to include live performances from Zlata Ognevich, Alyosha, Mika Newton, Bondarchuck, Vovazilvova and Vsiudysvoia, Dmytro Stupka, speakers, Ukrainian Hopak folk dancing and video messages from Ukrainian singer/actresses Tina Karol and Jamala and Ukrainian rock band the Hardkiss.

Friday, May 6, 2022 | 8 p.m.
We Stand With Ukraine Charity Concert
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3601 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA 94123
Tickets: $60, reservations required via showimpulse.com
Info: 415-855-1607 or palaceoffinearts.org

5/9: Concert of Compassion

An evening of performances from exceptional classical artists will be followed by a reception. The schedule includes performances from acclaimed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, composer Jake Heggie, members of the San Francisco Symphony, Bay Brass, members of Artist Vocal Ensemble (AVE), guest soloists and conductors as well as a talk from Ukrainian Consul General’s Dmytro Kushneruk. 

A message from the artists:

As artists we feel a deep pain because of the suffering of Ukrainians. Ukraine has been the Mother of countless significant artists that have informed our lives and molded my own artistry. We had to do something that could make a significant difference to help the refugees affected by this senseless and horrific war. And what better place than San Francisco, a City known for its compassion, open-mindedness and bold leadership to act.

100% of proceeds will benefit HIASNova Ukraine and World Central Kitchen.

Monday, May 9, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Concert of Compassion
Congregation Sherith Israel
2266 California St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Ticket: $40-$100, reservations required via eventbrite.com. Live stream viewing option available
Info: concertofcompassion.com

5/11: Orest Lutyi World Tour Concert “Songs of Wartime”

Orest Lutyi (alter-ego of Antin Mukharsky) presents a charitable concert in support of the armed forces of Ukraine, to be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center of Los Angeles on May 11. All funds raised during the performances will be transferred to the Serhiy Prytula Charitable Foundation for the purchase of equipment that saves lives and facilitates the work of defenders of Ukraine (bulletproof vests, helmets, thermal imagers, night vision devices, walkie-talkies, first aid kits, etc.).

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
Orest Lutyi World Tour Concert “Songs of Wartime”
Ukrainian Cultural Center of Los Angeles
4315 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Tickets & Info: www.forukraine.com.ua

5/19: Songs for Ukraine: Kitka with Mariana Sadovska

Forged from more than four decades of inspiring work, the Oakland vocal ensemble Kitka has a deep performance repertoire that includes traditional music from Balkan, Baltic, Caucasus and Slavic lands, and the group has developed many connections with traditional and contemporary artists from Ukraine. At this lunch hour concert, Lviv-born vocalist, composer and actress Mariana Sadovska will perform with Kitka. The artist also composed the score for Kitka’s acclaimed “Rusalka Cycle: Songs Between the Worlds.”

Proceeds from this event will benefit Bay Area humanitarian aid organization Nova Ukraine. More information at ybgfestival.org

Thursday, May 19,  2022 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. 
Songs for Ukraine: Kitka with Mariana Sadovska
Esplanade – Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, San Francisco, CA
FREE, donations highly encouraged
Info: 415-543-1718 or ybgfestival.org

[Sources: facebook.com, datebook.sfchronicle.com]