CONCERT OF COMPASSION benefit event for Ukraine will take place on May 9
A benefit concert for Ukraine, Concert of Compassion, will be held Monday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California Street. Fiscally sponsored by The Resonance Project and produced by Jonathan Dimmock and Lukáš Janata, the Concert of Compassion will feature an array of international classical music talent, including a renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica de Stade; award-winning composer and pianist Jake Heggie; musicians from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; members of the Ensemble vocal d’artistes; Bay brass; Authority of Orthodox Bells Victor Avdienko; Ukrainian soprano Alina Ilchuk; baritone Eugene Brancoveanu; bass Matt Boehler and other artists to be announced soon.
Special to the evening will be remarks by the Consul General of Ukraine in San Francisco, Mr. Dmytro Kushneruk along with other dignitaries, and on behalf of Sherith Israel, a welcome greeting from Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman-Graf.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will support HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), World Central Kitchen and Nova Ukraine for their extraordinary humanitarian efforts on behalf of displaced refugees both in Ukraine and in neighboring countries. The Compassion Concert committee warmly thanks all the participating artists for their services and their enthusiastic collaboration.
While plans remain underway, the evening’s music will include works by Mark Adamo, Sam Adams, Samuel Barbier, Claude DebussyVictoria Fraser, Morten Lauridsen, Missy Mazzoli, Francois Poulencand Michel TilsonThomas alongside Ukrainian composers such as Vasyl Barvinsky, Dmitri Bortniansky, Lesia Dychko, Mykola Lysenko, Maxim Shalygin, Valentin Silvestrov, Myroslav Skoryk and Vladimir Zubitsky.
Following the 90-minute concert, the public will move on to a free reception and exhibition featuring 60 contemporary Ukrainian artworks courtesy of renowned Ukrainian/Russian art collector, Alex Miretsky.
Jonathan Dimmock, concert organist and founder of The Resonance Project, said:
“As artists, we feel deep pain because of the suffering of Ukrainians. Ukraine has been the mother of countless important artists who have influenced our lives and shaped my own art. We had to do something that could make a meaningful difference to help the refugees. affected by this senseless and horrific war. One of my closest friends in San Francisco is from Kharkiv, so this struck us as particularly poignant and urgent. And what better place than San Francisco, a city known for its compassion, openness and bold leadership to act.
“Our hope is twofold: to raise funds to make a real difference for the many people who are suffering; we want them to know that they are loved and cherished as human beings deserving of a full life. But also, and perhaps most importantly, we aim to create such a powerful resonance in every heart that hears this program that the world literally changes. We know from quantum physics how it works. Now is the time to actualize it.
“Finally, we wish to express our deepest gratitude and thanks to all the artists and to Sherith Israel for their participation in this concert. They have all donated their professional services, their compassion and their friendship and for this, we we are eternally grateful.”
Tickets for the Concert of Compassion are on sale now and cost between $40 and $100. To buy tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-of-compassion-tickets-311934172507.
Those unable to attend the concert are encouraged to make donations to support this one-of-a-kind compassionate concert. These donations will be made directly through fiscal sponsor, The Resonance Project’s donation website where 100% of all funds will be directed to the aforementioned charities. For more information, visit www.concertofcompassion.com.