AMSTERDAM (ANP) – A recently founded orchestra of 75 Ukrainian professional musicians performed in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on Thursday evening. The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra consists of refugees and Ukrainians exempt from military service especially for the orchestra. The members worked in better times for stage institutions in Lviv, Odessa and Kiev. Their new company embarked on a world tour at the end of last month in Warsaw, where it was founded.
The Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson is also in charge in Amsterdam. She originally came up with the idea for the orchestra: “We will fight as soldiers of music. We have made music with a voice and power for this time”, she explained earlier.
The Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova, who lives in Amsterdam, will perform as a soloist in the Concertgebouw. They show how music can be a powerful tool of support for the world in times of this terrible war,” Fedorova said above.
The program includes Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto and Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony.
The orchestra is supported by the Government of Ukraine, The Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Polish National Opera. Later this month, The United Ukraine Ballet Company will enter into Carré in Amsterdam. This company, founded in the Netherlands by Igone de Jongh and Matthijs Bongertman, is made up of dancers from the national theaters of Kiev and Kharkov, among others. It dances in Amsterdam Giselle in a new interpretation by Alexei Ratmansky.