Music Director Andreas Delfs and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse for concerts in February. Photo: Tyler Cervini

“A benefit concert to help provide humanitarian aid to people in Ukraine will be presented by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra this coming weekend,” reports Randy Gorbman in Tuesday’s (3/8) WXXI News (Rochester, NY). “The concert to be held in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Saturday night is designed to raise money that will go toward critical medical supplies and humanitarian aid. The proceeds will be collected through ROC Maidan, a non-profit that is part of the Ukrainian Cultural Center of Rochester. Andreas Delfs, the RPO Music Director, will lead this program [featuring] music by Ukrainian composers. ‘The music that we play will be new for us…,’ said Delfs. ‘But still, we understand the language that this music speaks, the language of compassion, the language of brotherhood, the language of support.’ … Eastman School of Music Professor of Violin Oleh Krysa, who is a Ukrainian-American, will be playing with the RPO on Saturday. Delfs said it means a lot to Krysa and others in Rochester’s large Ukrainian-American population to see this kind of support…. There is a suggested donation of $20 or more, but Delfs encourages everyone to come to the event, whatever they can afford, just to show their support.”