'They have amazing perseverance." Laviv Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine performs at the Tilles Center

The orchestra's performance was part of their 40-city U.S. tour and was planned before the Ukrainian war started nearly one year ago.

News 12 Staff

Feb 19, 2023, 3:18 AM

Updated 427 days ago

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The Laviv Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine played a concert Saturday night in Old Brookville.
The musicians who performed at the Tilles Center at LIU Post said they had heavy hearts knowing they are in the United States while their loved ones are back home in a war zone. They said, however, it is important for them to show the world the resilience of Ukraine.
The orchestra's performance was part of their 40-city U.S. tour and was planned before the Ukrainian war started nearly one year ago.
"Everybody in this orchestra knows somebody who has either perished, lost limbs, lost fingers and it's very difficult period to live with," said principal conductor Theodore Kuchar.
The musicians also said they understand the power music and love over adversity.
"We know we have [a] higher mission to be here," said violinist Solomia Onyskiv.
Audiences have packed theatres to show their support on the orchestra's seven-week tour. Attendees said it was a moving evening despite a difficult time in world history.
"They have amazing perseverance. I'm so happy that they're here and we can connect with them this way through music," said Emily Lindback, of Brookville.
The orchestra will perform at Lehman College in the Bronx Sunday night before they head back to Ukraine on March 3.
A portion of the proceeds from the night's performance will go to World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated to providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises.


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