April 14, 2022

NWS joins nationwide virtual benefit concert for Ukraine

Ukraine Flag at New World Center

The Flag of Ukraine waving on the façade of the New World Center, photo by Kathleen Drohan

A group of top independent music conservatories and professional training programs in the United States and Canada have come together to present a free virtual benefit concert to honor and support the people of Ukraine. Young artists from the eight organizations—Cleveland Institute of Music, Colburn School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music—will perform in an online benefit concert, introduced by celebrated violinist, activist, and educator Midori. The New World Symphony’s segment of the benefit concert features the March 26, 2022 encore performance of Miroslav Skoryk’s Melody for String Orchestra led by Roderick Cox.

Hosted by The Violin Channel at and on Facebook, the concert will be streamed on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 12:00 PM PDT/3:00 PM EDT. During the concert, viewers will be able to make donations to support organizations providing humanitarian aid, supplies and transportation, and medical services to the people of Ukraine.


Unite for Ukraine

Filmed across North America in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Boston, the concert is dedicated to the people of Ukraine. The program includes performances by the New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Klezmer Ensemble; the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Roots, Jazz and American Music (RJAM) program; and music from the Colburn School’s Ziering-Conlon Initative for Recovered Voices, dedicated to reviving works by composers suppressed by the Nazi regime. The concert also features works by Franz Schubert, Béla Bartók, Paul Taffanel, Miroslav Skoryk, and David Popper by students of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New World Symphony, and The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School.

The concert to benefit Ukraine is the result of a longtime relationship among independent conservatories and training programs. These organizations dedicated to preparing young artists for professional careers have met annually for the past 10 years. This concert marks the first performance collaboration among the schools. 

Donations Directed To

Humanitarian Aid:

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International Rescue Committee:

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