Carnegie Hall “Concert for Ukraine” benefit to feature classical artists, Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York, and others

Posted on: May 4, 2022

“Carnegie Hall said on Tuesday that it would host a concert in support of Ukraine [on May 23], to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people, express opposition to the Russian invasion and raise relief funds,” writes Javier C. Hernández in Tuesday’s (5/3) New York Times. “The benefit … will feature more than a dozen artists and ensembles, including the Russian-born pianist Evgeny Kissin, the violinist Itzhak Perlman, the jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and the singer Michael Feinstein. The Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York … will also perform…. Carnegie’s leaders have used the hall’s platform to defend Ukraine. Last week, in announcing its 2022-23 season, the hall said it would host the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine in February … as part of a tour led by the Ukrainian American conductor Theodore Kuchar.… In February, the hall canceled appearances by … Valery Gergiev … and … Denis Matsuev,” who have supported Russian President Vladimir Putin. “At the same time, [Executive and Artistic Director Clive] Gillinson has warned that arts groups should not discriminate against Russian performers on the basis of nationality and should be careful to avoid penalizing performers who are reluctant to publicize their views on the war.”