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The latest Cleveland effort to help the people of Ukraine

Posted at 10:13 PM, Apr 08, 2022

CLEVELAND — Some of the city's — and country's — top musicians and performers with ties to Ukraine held a concert Friday at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium to raise funds to support the embattled country.

Benefit concert for Ukraine

The benefit concert was titled Sonyashnyk. That’s the Ukrainian word for “sunflower” and the country’s national flower, which has largely become a symbol of the population’s resistance against the unprovoked invasion by Russian forces over six weeks ago.

Ukraine flags
Ukraine flags

The event was slated to feature classical music from several Cleveland ensembles and artists, including members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Piano Cleveland, which represents the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and Grammy-winning Emanuel Ax.

Emanuel Ax

Hundreds turned out Friday night, with the proceeds being split among three organizations doing work on the ground in Ukraine. Some $60,000 has been raised so far.

Benefit concert for Ukraine

"I feel like we are really making a difference, you know, even maybe in a small way, considering the huge tragedy that is unfolding,” said co-organizer Lorenzo Salvagni. “But it's definitely something and we are so grateful."

Benefit concert for Ukraine

To learn more about the people behind this event and the charities it benefits, check out our preview of the concert from earlier this week.