The Kansas City Symphony performance on March 27th opened with a short statement about Ukraine from Music Director, Michael Stern.
The statement was followed by a performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem. It was a stunning statement of solidarity with the people of Ukraine and brought a deep sense of humanity to the endless storylines from the ongoing conflict there.
If you would like to listen, here is a performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall.
This anthem was adopted in 1992 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the founding of Ukraine.
The first line of the lyrics currently reads, “Ukraine’s Glory has not yet died, nor her freedom.”