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Thanks to Ukraine Benefit Concert Organizers, Dignitaries, and Supporters


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks to the audience


We are grateful to Vera Elaishevsky of the Kyiv Committee, Chicago Sister Cities International and to Orysia Kossak Cardosa, Board Chairperson of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art for working with us to organize the concert and for galvanizing such keen interest and support. Thanks also to Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Most Reverend Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuk, Ukrainian Catholic Church bishop for attending and speaking. Thank you to all who attended, those who donated online and all the musicians who donated their time and talent to the benefit.


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot,

Chicago Ukrainian Catholic Church bishop Most Reverend Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuck,

and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago



The success of the “We Stand With Ukraine” Benefit Concert depended on the teamwork of many people. Special acknowledgement goes to Ukrainian-born conductor Michael Holian whose musical leadership both on the podium and behind the scenes was instrumental to the success of the concert. He also helped to create the program. Additional thanks goes to Khrystyna Musiy who was the coordinator of the chorus. The beautiful performance could not have been achieved without their talent and devotion.

conductor Michael Holian



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