The Unplayed Concert. Ukraine


The war disrupts our lives, the routines we had, and the plans we made. It seems like yesterday we filled up our restaurants, cafes, and theatres with family and friends. But today we leave our homes and say goodbye to our loved ones.

The war in the 21st century in Europe might seem unthinkable, and yet, the reality turned out to be too fragile. Canceled events are a part of all traumatic changes. Weeks of bloodshed have crossed out every little bit of normal life for the Ukrainian artists, including workshops and friendly meetings with colleagues and fans.

The Unplayed Concert features Ukraine’s leading musicians who gather to perform the pieces they planned to play across the country in peaceful circumstances. The raised funds will be donated to support the most vulnerable Ukrainian academic musicians affected by this war.

The event will take place on March 24 at 18:00 and will be broadcast from the Myroslav Skoryk Lviv National Philharmonic.

Some of the key pieces you will find in the programme belong to the Ukrainian composers: the prelude of Boris Lyatoshynsky written in the times of evacuation during the WWII, the Serenade of Valentyn Silvestrov, Mikrokosmos of Zoltán Almáshi, and Mardongs of Svyatoslav Lunyov who is now defending Kyiv alongside other volunteers. The programme will be crowned with the Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen who wrote it in a German concentration camp.