Concert at Pitt to aid Ukrainians

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A local Ukrainian organization and the University of Pittsburgh will hold a benefit concert today for the victims of violence in Kiev.

"A Tribute to Ukraine," featuring Ukrainian music and visuals from recent events in Ukraine, will be performed at 5 p.m. at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on Schenley Drive on the Pitt campus.

The concert was arranged by the nonprofit Ukrainian Community of Western Pennsylvania in conjunction with Pitt's Slavic Languages Department and its Music Department.

The event is free and charitable donations will go to victims in Ukraine, although last week organizers had not yet determined exactly how the money will be delivered, considering the chaos in Kiev.

Paul Filenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian charity, said the idea is for the money to go to the families of those killed in street clashes in recent weeks.

"We're hoping for a good turnout and good donations," he said.

The concert will include performances by Pittsburgh piano teacher Taras Filenko, Paul's father, and his students, along with two members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra -- cellist Mikhail Istomin and violinist Jennifer Orchard.

Mr. Filenko is a graduate of the National Academy of Music in Kiev and earned his doctorate in ethnomusicology at Pitt.

The program will include works by famous Ukrainian composers Mykola Lysenko, Levko Revutsky, Myroslav Skoryk and others.

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