The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on April 27 at the Music Hall of the Arts and Communication Center with the war in Ukraine in mind.
Dylan Chmura-Moore, associate professor and director of the UW Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, said he hopes the concert will be a place of dialogue and healing, and is his way of engaging in the current crisis in the best way he knows how – musically.
“The program will feature the second symphony by famous Russian composer Tchaikovsky,” Chmura-Moore said. “The nickname of the symphony is The little Russian“Little Russia being an affectionate name for Ukraine, of course.
“What you may not know is that Tchaikovsky had Ukrainian roots from his father’s side, he wrote most of his second symphony in Ukraine at a family home near kyiv and the three main themes of the symphony are Ukrainian folk songs.
“Furthermore, the symphony is ultimately, I dispute, about family and the Ukrainian people.”
The 7:30 p.m. concert will bring together members of the UWO community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, to perform side by side and in solidarity. Beyond Tchaikovsky, selections include works by Mykhailo Verbytsky and Jean Sibelius.
The concert will begin with the playing of the national anthem of Ukraine. Assistant Professor of English Abayomi Animashaun will also read the poetry of 19th century Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.
Isabel Sorebo, a graduate in music education and performance from Appleton, will perform the solo of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. It’s a spotlight Sorebo has earned as the winner of the UWO Symphony Orchestra’s annual concerto competition.
Prior to the concert, members of the university community will participate in a news in context panel discussion on the invasion at 6:30 p.m. in room S147 of the Center for Arts and Communication. Attending will be Michelle Kuhl and Karl Loewenstein from the History Department, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Ula Klein, Political Science Professor Tracy Slagter, Associate Professor of Anthropology Jordan Karsten and Trisha Jenz, an anthropology graduate in 2018.
The discussion and concert will be streamed live on the UWO Music YouTube channel.
Admission is free for UWO students, $10 for adults, $7 for non-UWO students, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children 12 and under.