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Miller Symphony Hall to host “For Ukraine: A Concert of Remembrance and Hope”


Miller Symphony Hall presents a very special concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, to support Ukrainian humanitarian efforts.

“For Ukraine: A Concert of Remembrance and Hope,” to unite everyone in support of Ukraine in her time of need, is presented by Miller Symphony Hall and The Allentown Band, just in time to celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day (Aug. 24).

The concert includes a video greeting from Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova, speaking on behalf of the people of her country.

Allentown Symphony/Miller Symphony Hall Executive Director Al Jacobsen said, “Ron and the Allentown Band approached us about co-presenting this concert and we were moved by the idea. As the atrocities in Ukraine continue, we will speak through music and raise funds to support those who need it most in this war.”

The performance features soloist Patricia Risley, mezzo-soprano, and a special appearance by The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Guest Conductor Johan de Meij will lead his Symphony # 4 Symphony of Songs, with movements that express both loss and hope.

Opening the concert are two pieces by Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko, newly transcribed for band: “Taras Bulba Overture” and “A Prayer for Ukraine.” The chosen repertoire will also evoke feelings of optimism (“A Plea for Ukraine” by Ronald DeGranis), support and hope (“A Tribute to Ukraine” by Lawrence Kursar), introspection and resilience (“Symphony No. 3, 6th Movement” by Gustav Mahler), hope and victory (“Symphony No. 5, 4th Movement” by Ludwig van Beethoven) and the passion and spirit found in the Ukrainian National Anthem.

All net proceeds from the concert will go directly toward helping the people of Ukraine who continue to face enormous challenges and hardships. For those wishing to make an extra donation to the effort, a donation through Ukraine’s official website is recommended:

Miller Symphony Hall is located at 23 N. 6th St., Allentown. For information and tickets, contact 610-432-6715 and visit Tickets are $15 - $45. The Allentown Symphony Orchestra will not appear during this performance.

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