Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra: Beethoven Ninth Freedom Tour

Presented in association with Lincoln Center

The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra present their unique version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featuring soloists and chorus singing Schiller’s thrilling cry of freedom, “Ode to Joy”, in Ukrainian. In the 200th anniversary of Beethoven’s great work the orchestra’s dramatic and emotionally charged performance boldly re-asserts the values of humanity, resistance and progress in defiance of oppression. Each concert will open with a work by acclaimed Ukrainian composer Victoria Vita Polevá entitled, “Bucha Lacrimosa," in memory of the innocent victims.

The acclaimed orchestra, under the baton of Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, will again bring together leading Ukrainian musicians from inside the country, those forced into exile by war and Ukrainian members of European ensembles.

Ukrainian Freedom Chorus
Marika Kuzma, Chorusmaster
Ryan Brandau
Kent Tritle
Deborah Simpkin King