League of American Orchestras: in solidarity with Ukraine

Posted on: March 2, 2022

The League of American Orchestras has issued the following statement in support of Ukraine, in the wake of the Russian invasion. The statement, including links to examples of how some American orchestras are supporting Ukraine, is at https://americanorchestras.org/solidarity-with-ukraine/.

Dear Colleagues,

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a betrayal of humanity. In the face of this attack on an independent nation, with innocent citizens being killed, maimed, or forced to flee their homes, we may feel powerless as arts organizations to make a difference. Nonetheless, this past week the classical music world has moved swiftly to respond to unfolding events and many American orchestras have expressed their solidarity with the people of Ukraine in powerful ways.

Music at its very core stands for humanity, peace, freedom of expression, and for coming together above personal difference. As a sector we will continue to use our voice and our art to stand up for dignity and safety in the face of oppression.

The League of American Orchestras has brought together on its website some examples of how orchestras are supporting Ukraine in this tragic moment:

• Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (February 25, 2022)
• Chicago Symphony Orchestra (February 26, 2022)
• New York Philharmonic (February 28, 2022)
• Colorado Springs Philharmonic (February 28, 2022)

Sharing artistry and using the power of music to support peace and understanding are ways orchestras can help now and in the weeks ahead. We invite orchestras to highlight their artistic responses by sending an email to advocacy@americanorchestras.org with a link to your orchestra’s action.

We will continue to update the https://americanorchestras.org/solidarity-with-ukraine/ page and to keep you informed about other ways you can help.

With best wishes,
Simon Woods
President and CEO
League of American Orchestras