PEI Symphony Orchestra: A Concert for Ukraine
The following is a media release issued by the PEI Symphony. Among the musicians performing in the concert will be faculty members and graduates from the UPEI Department of Music.
The PEI Symphony Orchestra is holding a benefit concert for the people of Ukraine on April 24th at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. The concert will feature music by Ukrainian composers, music written for Ukraine, and music that symbolizes unity and strength in adversity, including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Initially, the orchestra was to perform with a full choir Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and other large scale works during their concert on this same date; however, when their administrative and creative team was forced to scale down the programming for reasons related to COVID-19, it presented the opportunity to pivot the direction of the concert toward the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
"Live music is a shared experience of how we bond as a community,” says PEI Symphony President Wraychel Horne. “Whether this is locally or globally, it is a mechanism to express our humanity. It makes complete sense that while the PEISO must once again pivot to ensure the health and well-being of performers and patrons, focusing our musical intentions on the suffering and injustice being experienced in Ukraine is a natural direction to take. The April Concert for Ukraine will be a gesture of solidarity through music and mindful reflection of our global sense of justice."
A portion of the proceeds from this concert will be put toward aiding in Ukrainian humanitarian relief efforts and the audience will have the opportunity to make contributions at the event. The funds raised will help provide food, medicine, and shelter to those who have been injured and/or forced to flee their homes by the destruction caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Tickets are available at the Confederation Centre Box Office for this 2:30 pm concert on Sunday, April 24, starting at $35 per adult and $15 per student.