“The war is having an impact on local entertainment. The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra has changed this weekend’s performance as a tribute to Ukraine,” reads an unsigned article in Wednesday’s (3/2) WXOW TV (La Crosse, WI). “Originally, the orchestra was scheduled to play Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 ‘Winter Dreams.’ Instead, they’ve substituted his Symphony No. 2, known as ‘the Ukrainian.’ ‘It was always a work he held with great affection, so much so that he revised the work several years later in what he considered it perfect form. It is in this spirit of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and in our belief in the eternal healing power of music, that we offer this performance,’ said Maestro Alexander Platt. The performance is … Saturday at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center.”
The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra is one of several American orchestras making statements or program adjustments in support of Ukraine. Visit the League of American Orchestras’ “Solidarity with Ukraine” page for more information.