HAMTRACK, Mich. – Cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky will perform music composed by Ukrainian composers. The two are married and planned to perform in Michigan months ago. When Russia invaded Ukrainethe couple decided to turn the concert into a benefit concert.
Khoma and Vynnytsky live in South Carolina but were born and raised in Ukraine.
“Our heart is broken,” Khoma said. “To see the bombarded cities, to see suffering.”
“They kill women, pregnant women, children, everyone,” Vynnytsky said.
Then, a few days ago, Vynnytsky’s mother, who lived in Lviv, died at the age of 95.
“He couldn’t even come to his funeral,” Khoma said. “She was such a sweet woman. She was an angel. I think she also died of a broken heart from stress.
The couple flew to the Ukraine at least once a year; now they hang on to their phones every day, waiting for an update from friends and family.
Playing music is what helps them through tough times.
“Through music we will express ourselves because truth is what we play,” Vynnytsky said.
While music is their livelihood, Khoma said donating 100% of sales to a Ukrainian fund was the least they could do.
“We’re safe here, you know, and the people there have lost everything,” Khoma said.
The Ukrainian Arts Society organizes a concert in Hamtramck this weekend for the benefit of Ukraine.
The benefit concert will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the Ukrainian American Archives & Museum in Detroit, located at 9630 Joseph Campau at Hamtramck.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through click here. RSVP to 313-366-9764 to speak directly with the organizers or leave a message.
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