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The Met Announces A Concert for Ukraine


Tune to WRKF Classical for A Concert for Ukraine, Monday, March 14, at 5pm.

The Metropolitan Opera announces the program to offer solidarity for Ukrainian citizens under attack, with all ticket sales and other proceeds supporting relief efforts in Ukraine.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the Met Orchestra and Chorus and star soloists in the 70-minute program. Soloists include Lise Davidsen, Elza van den Heever, Jamie Barton, Piotr Beczała, Ryan Speedo Green, and Ukrainian bass-baritone Vladyslav Buialskyi, who will lead the Met Chorus in a performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem.

The program will also includes works by Barber, Beethoven, Silvestrov, Strauss, and Verdi

In announcing the special concert, Met General Manager Peter Gelb said, “The Met and its artists, led by Yannick, wish to lend our support to the innocent victims of Ukraine, whose lives have been torn asunder. We hope the power of our performance will provide some measure of artistic solace, while helping to inspire empathetic people
around the world to make donations.”

“Music truly has the power to heal, and I hope this special concert will demonstrate our unwavering support for the suffering people of Ukraine,” said Maestro Nézet-Séguin. “In times of crisis, it is so important that artists unite and provide
consolation and inspiration through our work.”


  • Ukrainian National Anthem
  • “A Prayer for the Ukraine” by Valentin Silvestrov
  • Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber
  • “Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco
  • Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss
    Lise Davidsen
  • Finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
    Elza van den Heever, Jamie Barton, Piotr Beczała, and Ryan Speedo Green

Tickets for the New York performance will go on sale at noon ET on Wednesday, March 9, at metopera.org. All ticket sales and other proceeds from the concert will support relief efforts in Ukraine. To donate, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine website which includes a variety of ways in which you can help.
The concert will be broadcast in the U.S. via many of the radio stations that regularly carry the Met’s Saturday matinee radio series; internationally via the European Broadcasting Union allowing it to be heard in most countries in the world; on Met Opera Radio on Sirius XM Channel 355; and streamed live via metopera.org.

The Concert for Ukraine is made possible by a generous gift from C. Graham Berwind, III.

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