The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music presents United for Ukraine, a benefit concert in support of Ukrainian citizens who are still under attack since February’s invasion by Russia.
The renowned music school’s faculty, students, alumni and guest artists, in partnership with Nova Ukraine, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine, have pledged that all donations will go towards to support relief efforts.
“Frost School of Music is hosting this benefit concert to show our support for Ukrainian citizens who are victims of brutal attacks and to stand in solidarity with our Ukrainian students,” Dean Shelton “Shelly” Berg of Frost said in a statement for the Miami. Herald. . “This performance will not only raise funds to help the victims, but will use the power of music to bring tragedy to light while bringing inspiration and hope.”
Who are you going to see?
The main organizer of the United for Ukraine concert is student Dmytro Gnativ from Ukraine. The program will include performances from the following people:
▪ Ukrainian artists Faculty pianist Oleksii Ivanchenko and former Frost piano student Marina Radiushina.
▪ Voice Students Frost Nickolas Skotzko and Minghao Liu, who lived and studied in Ukraine.
The program features Ukrainian composers and other chamber music repertoires. Highlights include:
▪ The Ukrainian national anthem and Valentin Silvestrov’s “Prayer for Ukraine”, performed by the Frost Choir.
▪ A performance of “From a Distance” by songwriter Julie Gold. The song is best known as a Top 10 single by Bette Midler in 1990. Her version gained traction that year as it served as the anthem of the Gulf War. “From a Distance” was also recorded in 1990 by Judy Collins and Cliff Richard. Nanci Griffith first recorded the ballad in 1987.
At UM, “From a Distance” will be performed by Shelly Berg on piano and Metropolitan Opera baritone Kim Josephson on vocals.
▪ “Hope” by Jason Robert Brown performed by Berg, with Katie Oberholtzer on vocals.
If you are going to
What: Concert United for Ukraine
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Or: UM’s Gusman Concert Hall on the University of Miami campus at 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables.
Tickets: There is no charge, but donations are requested and ticket registration is required at https://events.miami.edu/event/united_for_ukraine/. You can also donate via the registration link.