April 13, 2022

CIM Joins Music Conservatories across North America for Virtual Concert to Benefit Ukraine

Unite for Ukraine

A group of top independent music conservatories and professional training programs in the United States and Canada have come together to present a free virtual benefit concert to honor and support the people of Ukraine. Young artists from the eight organizations – Cleveland Institute of Music, Colburn School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music – will perform in an online benefit concert, introduced by celebrated violinist, activist, and educator Midori.

Hosted by The Violin Channel at theviolinchannel.com, the concert will be streamed on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST.  During the concert, viewers will be able to make donations to support organizations providing humanitarian aid, supplies and transportation, and medical services to the people of Ukraine.

Filmed across North America in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Boston, the concert is dedicated to the people of Ukraine. The program includes performances by the New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Klezmer Ensemble; the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Roots, Jazz and American Music (RJAM) program; and music from the Colburn School’s Ziering-Conlon Initative for Recovered Voices, dedicated to reviving works by composers suppressed by the Nazi regime. The concert also features works by Schubert, Bartók, Paul Taffanel, Miroslav Skoryk, and David Popper by students of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the New World Symphony, and The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School.

The concert to benefit Ukraine is the result of a longtime relationship among independent conservatories and training programs. These organizations dedicated to preparing young artists for professional careers have met annually for the past 10 years. This concert marks the first performance collaboration among the schools. 


Donations Directed to

Humanitarian Aid

Humanity & Inclusion: https://www.hi-us.org/support-ukraine

Global Communities: https://globalcommunities.org/blog/global-communities-response-to-ukraine-crisis/

Supplies & Transportation

MedShare: https://impact.medshare.org/campaign/medshare-responds-crisis-in-ukraine/c394354

International Rescue Committee: https://www.rescue.org/topic/ukraine-crisis

Medical Services

World Vision International: https://donate.worldvision.org/give/ukraine-crisis-fund

UNICEF: https://www.unicefusa.org/

International Medical Corps: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/



Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, OH)

Franz SCHUBERT, Piano Sonata in A Minor, Op.42/D.845: Moderato (1st movement)
Performed by Nikolay Pushkarev 

The Colburn School (Los Angeles, CA)

Mieczysław WEINBERG, Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra (2nd and 3rd movements)
Performed by Anais Feller and Academy Virtuosi; Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices

Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA)

Béla BARTÓK, String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, I. Allegro
Performed by the Viano String Quartet

Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY)

Paul TAFFANEL, Wind Quintet in G minor (1st movement: Allegro con moto)
Performed by The Uptown Winds: Megan Torti, flute; Josh Owens, oboe; Spencer Reese, clarinet; Hunter Lorelli, bassoon; Andrew Angelos, horn 

New World Symphony (Miami Beach, FL)

Miroslav SKORYK, Melody for String Orchestra
Roderick Cox, Conductor
Performed by the New World Symphony 

New England Conservatory (Boston, MA)

Dave TARRAS, Nicolaev Bulgar
Jacob HOFFMAN, Xylophone Doyne
TRADITIONAL, Dem Trisker Rebn’s Khusidl
Performed by Contemporary Improvisation Department Jewish Music Ensemble: Hankus Netsky, director, piano; Nikita Manin, clarinet; Noah Kelly, Catherine Byrne, violins; Kimberly Sabio, trumpet; G Korth Rockwell, banjo; Emily Mitchell, guitar; Anwei Wang, guzheng, Henry Wilson, xylophone; Hannah Dunton, bass; and Maude Bastien-Desilets, drums

The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory (Toronto, Canada)

David POPPER, Requiem for 3 Cellos and Piano, Op. 66
Performed by Peter Eom, Kuan-Yu Huang, Kanon Shibata, cellos, and Jeanie Chung, piano

San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco, CA)

Eddie HARRIS, Freedom Jazz Dance
Performed by students from the Roots, Jazz and American Music (RJAM) program: Nate Gilbreath, trombone; Michael Potter, piano; Mateyko Jazwinski, bass; Jayla Hernandez, drums