NM Philharmonic and St. John’s Church team up for benefit concert in Ukraine

Violinist Krzysztof Zimowski will perform at a benefit evening for children in Ukraine. (Courtesy of NM Philharmonic Orchestra)

Music brings people together.

This is the case since the musicians of the New Mexico Philharmonic are collaborating with St. John’s Cathedral for a concert.

According to organizers, the concert will feature works that promote peace, with the aim of raising support for children in Ukraine.

The concert is scheduled to take place at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 318 Silver Ave. SW.

According to the organizers, the cost is to pay what you can.

Krzysztof Zimowski, NM Phil concertmaster and Polish Medal of Honor recipient, will perform a moving solo to reflect on the tragedies of wars. The invasion has a deep connection for Zimowski. Her father was a victim of World War II, who survived five years in a Nazi labor concentration camp.

Peter Bond, a recently retired musician from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has organized a large trumpet fanfare that will perform the Ukrainian anthem.

The ensemble will feature musicians from the NM Philharmonic, local music teachers, UNM faculty, and community members. The St. John’s Choir and musicians from the New Mexico Philharmonic will perform selections from Bach, Brahms, Williams, Beach, and more. The program will end with a string chamber ensemble performing “A Prayer for Ukraine”.

“We are honored to be able to provide our music to help the desperate cause in Ukraine. We feel devastated to see this atrocity happening to Ukrainian citizens. Our response comes from the need to bring the community together to support the Ukrainian citizen. Laura Chang, violist solo of the NM Phil.

All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF, ensuring Ukrainian children have access to clean water, nutrition, healthcare, education and protection.

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