Alabama musicians will ‘play for peace’ and raise money to help Ukraine

Musicians from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will raise money for Ukraine relief at a Sunday concert in Birmingham.

“Play for Peace,” a performance featuring members of the symphony orchestra’s brass and percussion sections, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Samford University’s Brock Recital Hall, 880 Montague Drive. Other Alabama brass will also perform at the event. The musical director of the symphony, Carlos Izcaray, will conduct the ensemble.

Free entry. Donations at the concert will benefit Global Giving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund. The charity’s fund, which has raised more than $39 million to date, provides “shelter, food and clean water for refugees, health and psychosocial support, access to education and economic aid, etc.”, according to its website.

“As we all watch from afar the horrors that the people of Ukraine are currently facing, one underlying thread becomes ever clearer, and that is the effect music can have on a population,” the authors said. organizers via a press release. “As Ukrainians huddle in makeshift bomb shelters, videos of people playing music have spread across the world, as musicians strive to lighten the heart and lift the spirits of their compatriots.

“We, the musicians of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, hope our performance will raise funds to bring some relief to Ukraine. … With ‘Play for Peace,’ we are sending a message of unity and harmony to the people of Ukraine as we all hope and pray for peace in their country.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, launching what is widely considered the largest mobilization of forces in Europe since 1945. The Russo-Ukrainian war has devastated several Ukrainian cities and caused a humanitarian crisis. More than 6 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the war, according to an Associated Press report citing recent figures from the UN refugee agency.

Sunday’s concert will feature works by Gabrieli, Reynolds, Mussorgsky, Bruckner and other composers.

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