The Resonance Project to Present ‘Ukraine Benefit Concert’

By Francisco Salazar

A benefit concert for Ukraine, “Concert of Compassion,” will be held on May 9 at the historic Congregation Sherith Israel.

The concert will be held by the Resonance Project and will be produced by Jonathan Dimmock and Lukáš Janata. Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade will perform alongside award-winning composer and pianist Jake Heggie, musicians from the San Francisco Symphony, members of the Artists’ Vocal Ensemble, The Bay Brass, Orthodox Bells authority Victor Avdienko, Ukrainian soprano Alina Ilchuk, baritone Eugene Brancoveanu, bass Matt Boehler, and other artists soon-to-be-announced.

There will also be remarks by the Ukrainian Consul-General to San Francisco, Mr. Dmytro Kushneruk along with other dignitaries, and on behalf of Sherith Israel, a Welcome Greeting from Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman-Graf.

The concert’s benefits will support HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), World Central Kitchen and Nova Ukraine for their extraordinary humanitarian efforts assisting refugees.

The program will include music by Mark Adamo, Sam Adams, Samuel Barber, Claude Debussy, Victoria Fraser, Morten Lauridsen, Missy Mazzoli, Francis Poulenc, and Michael Tilson Thomas. There will also be Ukrainian composers including Vasyl Barvinsky, Dmitri Bortniansky, Lesia Dychko, Mykola Lysenko, Maxim Shalygin, Valentin Silvestrov, Myroslav Skoryk, and Vladimir Zubitsky.

In a statement, Jonathan Dimmock, concert organist and founder of The Resonance Project, said, “As artists we feel a deep pain because of the suffering of Ukrainians. Ukraine has been the Mother of countless significant artists that have informed our lives and molded my own artistry. We had to do something that could make a significant difference to help the refugees affected by this senseless and horrific war. One of my closest friends in San Francisco is from Kharkiv, so, this felt especially poignant and urgent for us. And what better place than San Francisco, a City known for its compassion, open-mindedness and bold leadership to act.”