Seattle Opera & Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra to Present ‘UNITY: A Concert for Ukraine’

By David Salazar

Seattle Opera is teaming up with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra to present “UNITY: A Concert for Ukraine.”

The showcase, which will take place on May 16, 2022 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, will be conducted by Emil de Cou and Alevtina Ioffe. All proceeds will be donated to the Pegaz Cultural Association to provide housing, food, rehearsal space, and performance opportunities for Ukrainian artists taking refuge in Poland.

“Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet stand united in our support for peace for the people of Ukraine, and for the displaced Ukrainian artists who have been prevented by war from earning a living and safely practicing their craft,” said Seattle Opera General Director Christina Scheppelmann, in an official press statement. “The best thing we can do as arts organizations is to help ensure these artists have food, shelter, and the means to continue pursuing their life’s purpose: creating art that enriches their communities and uplifts the human spirit.”

The concert will include such soloists as Ukrainian mezzo Olga Syniakova, who will perform Ukranian folk songs. There will also be music by Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Prokofiev, Copland, and Shtoharentko.