Orlando orchestral concert to raise money for Ukrainian artists

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida musicians are banding together to help raise money for Ukrainian artists who have lost their jobs due to the Russian invasion.

The Artists United for Peace Concert, which will feature professional musicians alongside Central Florida choirs and artists, will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday at First United Methodist Church Orlando.

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Under the musical direction of Sergei Kossenko, the concert will feature the recollection of accounts from a Ukrainian artist written as the military conflict in Ukraine started.

“Through daily communications with stranded artists in places like Dnipro and Kyiv, I can periodically hear in the background, during video calls, the bombs, sirens and shootings outside people’s homes,” said Ricardo Canchola, the organizer of Artists United for Peace Concert. “One thing is to watch the news on TV, and another to listen to the rounds of ammunition being fired live and to see the artists’ faces turn pale ... it makes chills run down your spine.”

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The Artists United for Peace Concert is free to attend, with all proceeds from donations and silent auctions to be given to organizations that are supporting Ukrainian artists who lost their jobs and are suffering financially due to the conflict.

Click here to learn more about the concert and click here to donate.

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.