«Music, Education, Science - for Peace»: world's first UNESCO Chair in Music at Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music

      On March 9, the world's first UNESCO Chair in Music "Music, Education, Science - for Peace" was opened at Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music. On this occasion, the Kyiv Classical Symphony Orchestra performed on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv. The orchestra performed the anthems of Ukraine and the European Union, as well as a number of other Ukrainian musical pieces: a fragment of the ballet "Lilea" by Ukrainian composer Kostyantyn Dankevych based on the ballad by Taras Shevchenko; "Kozachok" from the first opera with a libretto in Ukrainian, "Zaporozhets Beyond the Danube" by Semen Hulak-Artemovsky; the Ukrainian folk song "What a Moonlit Night"; and a fragment of the overture to "Taras Bulba" by Mykola Lysenko.

      The event's date was not picked at random. First, Taras Shevchenko, the Great Kobzar and national hero, was born on March 9. And secondly, the Free Sky art event happened on this day, March 9, 2022, a year ago. In support of the request by the people of Ukraine and the President of Ukraine to international leaders to close the skies, musicians from the Kyiv Classical Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Herman Makarenko performed a concert on Maidan Nezalezhnosti to the sound of the cannonade in between air raids.

      "We want the music of peace, the music of life in our performance to reach the heart of every resident of the free world and the leaders of these countries to help them find a solution that would make the Ukrainian sky, under which we perform, safe", emphasized UNESCO Artist for Peace Herman Makarenko.

      Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs program supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN networks in key priority areas related to the Organization's fields of competence: education, natural and social sciences, culture and communications. Today, there are 851 UNESCO Chairs in more than 115 Member States.

      In Ukrainian universities and research facilities, there are 10 UNESCO Chairs in the subjects of philosophy of human communication, application of information and communication technologies in education, preventive education and social policy, ecology of man-made regions, cryobiology, human rights and democracy.

      UNESCO Representative in Ukraine Chiara Dezzi Bardeschi drew attention to the profound impact of war on people's lives: "Today we celebrate resistance and the power of music to bring us closer and inspire recovery. I am grateful for the "Music, Education, Science - for Peace" initiative and the Kyiv Classic Orchestra for the amazing feelings they gave us," she said.

      Denise Brown, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, told reporters that last week she saw the horrific consequences of russian rocket fire on a residential building in Zaporizhzhia: "These moments are extremely painful not only for every Ukrainian, but for all of us. When you listen to the music of the Kyiv Classic Orchestra, it reminds you that there is also joy in life," Brown shared her feelings.

      "Today, during the concert, I felt confident and happy that a lot has changed in a year, although, unfortunately, not completely, and the war is still ongoing," said Herman Makarenko, UNESCO Artist for Peace, Head of the UNESCO Chair in Music "Music, Education, Science - for Peace" at Ukrainian National Academy of Music.

      It is planned that the musicians' performance at Maidan Nezalezhnosti on March 9 will become a tradition.