Ukrainian cultural center to host fundraiser to support medical aid efforts

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The Ukrainian Cultural Center and Ukrainian Art Center are hosting the second day of their fundraiser on Sunday to celebrate Ukrainian music and art, and 100% of the money raised will support medical aid services and humanitarian efforts in Ukraine as the country defends itself against an ongoing Russian invasion.

The event – held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center at 4315 Melrose Ave. in East Hollywood – will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. From Saturday, the event will start with the art exhibition “LArtistsForUkraine” and a silent auction with works by Julia Gasio, Lado Goudjiabidze, Marlene Greenberg, Juri Koll, Nik Le Skela and Yuriy Vitiuk. One of the organizers of the event, Victor Makohonenko, will also offer works for auction.

At 3 p.m., Ukrainian-born conductor Maxim Kuzin will conduct a concert led by violinist Myroslava Khomik. An orchestra will perform Mykola Lyssenko’s epic overture to the opera “Taras Bulba”; “Melody” by Myroslav Skoryk; “Plyve Kacha” (The Duckling is Swimming), a Ukrainian folk song that became very popular after the protests in Maidan Square in Kyiv in 2013 and 2014; the music of Ukrainian classical composer Maksym Berezovsky; and orchestral versions of popular Ukrainian songs: ‘Chervona Ruta’ (Red Street), ‘Ya Pidu v Daleki Hory’ (I will go to the distant mountains) and ‘Kyive Miy’ (My kyiv).

The event and concert will cost $50 for adults, $20 for students, and $10 for children under 10. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at uac.simpletix.com. Organizers also held a donation-based fundraiser on Saturday where people could view the exhibit.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for medical aid to Ukraine, including the purchase of surgical equipment and support for hospitals.

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