Kyiv Classic Orchestra gives a charity concert in Seattle

      On May 25, Benaroya Hall hosted a charity concert “A Child's Dream is Peace”. All the funds raised will be used for the treatment and rehabilitation of children at the Okhmatdyt Hospital affected by Russian aggression.

      The concert was supported by The Humanity Funds, an American foundation headed by Silke and Craig Johnstone.

      The sold-out concert featured the chamber ensemble of the Kyiv Classical Orchestra under the direction of UNESCO Artist for Peace Herman Makarenko. American performers Allen Vizzutti and Mika Quan DiLorenzo also joined the performance. Specially for the event, Allen Vizzuti wrote a touching piece “Love & tears for Ukraine”, which brought many of the audience to tears.

      The program featured compositions of Ukrainian musical culture, ranging from ancient folklore to melodies by classical composers and our contemporaries. The American audience enthusiastically welcomed the Ukrainian program. After almost every piece, the audience rose and gave a standing ovation, and the musicians were greeted three times with shouts of “Glory to Ukraine!”

      “The Child's Dream is Peace charity concert, which is aimed at helping the children of Okhmatdyt, is my mission as a UNESCO Artist for Peace,” says Herman Makarenko. - “The fact that the project took place in the United States, a country that rejoined UNESCO last year, adds special significance to the project.

      Kyiv Classic Orchestra sincerely thanks everyone who made this important event possible!

      Special thanks to The Humanity Funds chaired by Silke and Craig Johnstone!

      We also thank the Office of the Mayor of the City of Seattle, the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO, Benaroya Hall, Mary Ransdell, Executive and Artistic Director of The Seattle Series, Ukrainian Association of Washington State, and the National Children's Specialized Hospital "Okhmatdyt".