Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra Will Tour With Stops in Europe and Britain to Support War Effort
NEW YORK (AP) The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will tour for the second straight summer, appearing in eight cities in Europe and Britain in support of the nations war effort against Russia.
Keri-Lynn Wilson, the Canadian-Ukrainian wife of Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb, will conduct the tour, which runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 3 and is being produced by the Met and the Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera. The Aug. 24 concert at Berlins Schnhausen Palace coincides with Ukrainian Independence Day and will be a free outdoor performance.
Putin and the Russian propaganda machine have kind of weaponized culture and its very important for Ukraine to mount its own cultural defense, Gelb said Friday, referring to the Russian president. Ukrainian people need to be bolstered. Theyve been battered and their morale needs to be lifted.