New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will present two free concerts by the touring Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra on August 18 and 19 at Damrosch Park. The orchestra, organized by the Metropolitan Opera and Polish National Opera, is touring Europe and the U.S. this summer. Musicians in the orchestra include recent refugees of the war, members of orchestras in other parts of Europe, and musicians from ensembles in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, and Odesa. Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson will lead the orchestra in Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s Seventh Symphony and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova. Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska will perform “Abscheulicher!” from Beethoven’s Fidelio. An outdoor reception following the August 18 performance will offer an opportunity to connect with the Ukrainian artists. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged to organizations supporting the resettlement of Ukrainians. The Lincoln Center performance is a co-presentation of all eleven resident organizations; there will also be an August 20 performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. More information here.