San Francisco Symphony musicians perform in May 9 “Concert of Compassion” benefiting Ukraine

Posted on: May 9, 2022

“Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, pianist-composer Jake Heggie, conductor Nicole Paiement and members of the San Francisco Symphony … are slated to perform in a concert to benefit Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion of that country,” writes Joshua Kosman in Saturday’s (5/7) San Francisco Chronicle. “The program, titled ‘Concert of Compassion,’ is scheduled for Monday, May 9, at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. Other artists … include San Francisco organist Jonathan Dimmock, the concert’s organizer, and the Bay Brass, a collective of local instrumentalists. Ukrainian soprano Alina Ilchuk, baritone Eugene Brancoveanu, bass Matt Boehler and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler are also on the bill…. The program includes music by San Francisco Symphony Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas, Missy Mazzoli and Samuel Barber, as well as Ukrainian composers Valentin Silvestrov and Lesia Dychko…. Dmytro Kushneruk, the Ukrainian consul general, is also scheduled to speak. The performance will be live-streamed at www.concertofcompassion.com and will be available for viewing for several weeks afterward, Dimmock said. Viewing is free, but donations are requested. Proceeds will go to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, … José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen and Nova Ukraine. Dimmock said the goal is to raise $100,000.”