CLEVELAND (WJW) — Several world-class musicians take the stage in a very special concert Friday night to benefit the people of Ukraine.
The event was called “Sonyashnyk”, which is the Ukrainian word for sunflower and the country’s national flower.
“Everyone participated, the idea was received with so much support and love,” said Nercise Fejes, who helped organize the concert.
The Cleveland Museum of Art provided the Art’s Gartner Auditorium for the venue, and all of the artists donated their time and talents; including Grammy-winning pianist Emmanuel Ax and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
A local Ukrainian choir sang the Ukrainian national anthem and several other singers took the stage in traditional dress.
“It’s just that little thing that we could offer that we come together through arts, music and community,” Fejes said. “We wanted to do something for this city because we have a very large Ukrainian population.”
Ohio has the third largest Ukrainian population in the United States, with the majority living in northeast Ohio.
Many in the audience and on stage wore blue and yellow ribbons and said they still had family overseas.
“It means a lot to me, to my family in Ukraine. I have a lot of family in Ukraine,” said 8-year-old Aleksandra Haydash, who performed as part of the Ukrainian American Youth Association.
All ticket revenue from the sold-out event will be split equally between three charities on the ground in Ukraine: Cleveland Maidan Association, World Central Kitchen and Global Giving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.
A total of $58,600 was raised at the event and many hearts were lifted.
“There’s not much we can do and there’s a lot of atrocities, so it’s good to show support for Ukraine and that people care,” said international law student Elizabeth Broderick. and participating.
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