Poland and Polonia in solidarity with Ukraine

25.11.2023 / 18:00

S.Lyudkevych Concert Hall



Concert dedicated to the memory of the victims

of the Holodomor and Russian aggression in Ukraine

As part of the XII International Festival “Discovering Paderewski”

The International Music Festival “Discovering Paderewski” is held annually at the Philharmonic in memory of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, one of the key Polish pianists, composers, political and cultural figures.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski was a composer whom his contemporaries called twice a hero: of art and of his homeland. Because of his musical talent and hard work, Ignacy Jan Paderewski achieved international recognition, and when he became a world-famous pianist, his concerts became great demonstrations of Polishness in the struggle for independence.

This year’s concert is a testament to solidarity with Ukraine and will be held in memory of the defenders of Ukrainian independence who fell for Ukraine’s independence, victims of Russian aggression and the genocide of the Ukrainian people, the Holodomor.

Traditionally, the festival is organized by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Polish-Ukrainian Foundation and the Myroslav Skoryk Lviv National Philharmonic.

The concert will open with a chorale for strings by Hanna Havrylets, a composer who passed away prematurely in the first days of the full-scale invasion. The very genre of the work – chorale – refers to the tradition of prayer singing. This time, it will be performed as a prayer in memory of all the victims of enemy aggression.

The program will continue with three pieces that are connected by their compositional skills: music by Yurii Laniuk and two of his students, also well-known contemporary composers: Zoltan Almashi and Liubava Sydorenko. The program will also feature music by one of the brightest representatives of the Polish musical avant-garde, Witold Lutosławski, Grave. The evening will end with Bohdana Frolyak’s Diptych for Strings.




  • Klaudiusz Baran, accordion
  • Marianna Humetska, piano
  • Zoltan Almasy, cello
  • Lviv Chamber Choir “Gloria”
  • Academic Chamber Orchestra “Lviv Virtuosi”
  • Volodymyr Syvokhip, conductor



  • Hanna Havrylets. “Chorale” for strings
  • Liubava Sydorenko. “Metabola” for chamber ensemble
  • Yurii Laniuk. “Sonata of Waiting” for cello, piano and four melodic voices
  • Witold Lutosławski. “Grave” for cello and strings
  • Astor Piazzolla. “Oblivion” for accordion and strings
  • Zoltan Almashi. “City of Mary” for string orchestra
  • Bohdana Frolyak. Diptych for strings “Farewell World”, “Light of the Silent”.




Supported by:

Polish-American Agenda Fundacji Kopernikowskiej


Honorary Patronage:

Abp. Mieczysław Mokrzycki Metropolita Archidiecezji Lwowskiej

Eliza Dzwonkiewicz – Konsul Generalny Konsulatu Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej we Lwowie


In partnership with:

Fundacja PKO

Copernicus Foundation


Media patronage:

TVP Polonia