Talented Ukrainian children, international awards winners – 9-year-old refugee from occupied Crimea Chrystyna Mykhailichenko and 16-year-old Yevhen Motorenko from Kyiv – and renowned Ukrainian musician, Art Director of the Concert Series at the European Parliament in Brussels Dmytro Sukhovienko impressed Washington with their masterly piano play.
The program featured classical music by famous Ukrainian and world-known composers, including Transcendental Etude Mazepaby F.Liszt, Ukrainian Kolomyika (Ukrainian ethnic song) by N.Nyzhankivskiy, The Song by L.Revutsky (Ukraine) and Prelude about Dovbush by M.Kolessa (Ukraine) as well as pieces by F.Chopin, C.Debussy and S.Rachmaninov.
The audience acclaimed warmly their play, especially Gluck-Sgambati’s Melodie from Orfeo ed Euridice, which D.Sukhovenko devoted to defenders of Ukraine from Russia’s aggression.
On June 30, 2015, Chrystyna, Yevhen and maestro Sukhovenko performed twice: at the World Bank HQ and in Alexandria, VA, not far from Washington, D.C. All proceeds from the charity concert Music to Impress in Alexandria went to Ukrainian NGO Responsible Future to support talented children-refugees from Ukrainian regions affected by Russia’s aggression.
The Embassy of Ukraine in the USA, Ukrainian Staff Association of the World Bank Group - International Monetary Fund, Ivano-Frankivsk Committee of the Arlington Sister City Association (VA) and several NGO’s of the US Ukrainian community – Washington Group Cultural Fund, Razom, United Help Ukraine, Survivors of the War and US-Ukraine Foundation – joined their efforts to make the concert series in Washington area possible. So far, it is the largest Ukrainian co-sponsored project of state and public actors in Washington, D.C.