Ukraine in the Eyes of Others

Tuesday, March 05, 2024 - 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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Admission to this concert is free with a suggested donation. All gifts will be donated to the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee. Please use the form below to make your tax-deductible contribution or call our box office at 215-569-8080. No tickets are necessary to attend. Thank you for your generous support of this cause.

About This Performance

This concert is dedicated in honor of Linda Gerstein, and is supported by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

For this concert to benefit Ukraine, we are collaborating with six outstanding musicians on a program created by Solomiya Ivakhiv, violinist and artistic director of the Music at the Institute Concert Series at the Ukrainian Institute of America. Titled Ukraine in the Eyes of Others, this event features Bruce Adolphe’s 2016 work highlighting Krushelnytska, a Ukrainian-born singer who saved Puccini’s Madame Butterfly; Philip Maneval’s latest string quartet (Siege of Mariupol) composed in response to the brutal, unprovoked invasion by Russia and the immense suffering of the Ukrainian people; and the first of Beethoven’s Op. 59 Quartets dedicated to Count Razumovsky, who was Ukrainian royalty and thus inspired Beethoven to use Ukrainian (not Russian) folk tunes in two of his Op. 59 works.

Solomiya Ivakhiv, Juliette Kang, & Hirono Oka, violin; Burchard Tang, viola; Thomas Kraines, cello; Marija Stroke, piano

AdolpheFantasia Krushelnytska  Philadelphia Premiere
Maneval: String Quartet No. 7, Siege of Mariupol  Public Premiere
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, Razumovsky

Running time: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Help Us Support Ukraine

Admission to this concert is free with a suggested donation. All gifts will be donated to the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee. Thank you for your generous support of this cause. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS-UKR to 44321.

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Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom and A. Charles Winkelman with support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Theodore Presser Foundation, Dot and Rick Nelson, Sid Kaplan, and the American Philosophical Society for their support of our livestream series, and for helping us deliver world-class artistry to audiences around the globe.

The Artist(s)

Solomiya Ivakhiv
Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin
Ukrainian born Solomiya Ivakhiv is an accomplished concert violinist, chamber musician, collaborator, educator, and champion of new music. Concertizing internationally, her wide range of repertoire includes the premiere of numerous new works for violin. Her solo album, Ukraine: Journey to Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano, was featured in the Top 5 New Classical Releases on the iTunes billboard.… Read More
Juliette Kang, violin
Appointed first associate concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2005, Canadian violinist Juliette Kang enjoys an active and varied career. Previously assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony and a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Ms. Kang’s solo engagements have included the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Omaha Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony,… Read More
Hirono Oka
Hirono Oka, violin
Hirono Oka joined the first violin section of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1990. She made her debut in her native Japan at the age of eleven with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. After winning numerous competitions and awards in Japan, she came to the United States to continue her studies at the San Francisco Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music.… Read More
Burchard Tang, viola
A native of Maryland, Burchard Tang joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in September 1999. He began his musical studies on the violin at the age of 3 and at 16 switched to viola, studying with Choong-Jin Chang, principal viola of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He continued his musical education at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale,… Read More
Thomas Kraines
Thomas Kraines, cello
Thomas Kraines, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, has gained renown as a versatile cellist, composer, and teacher. In addition to the Daedalus Quartet, he performs often with his wife, violinist Juliette Kang, with the Philadelphia-based Network for New Music, the Arcana Ensemble, and the improvisatory ensembles Great Blue Heron and Basquiat Blues.… Read More
Marija Stroke, piano
Pianist Marija Stroke has performed in chamber music, concerti, and solo recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and China. She has played frequently at music festivals including Chamber Music Northwest, Caramoor, the City of London Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Off the Hook Arts, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Stroke is co-artistic Director of the Garden City Chamber Music Society,… Read More