Culture News, 26/12/2017

When Classical Music Saves Lives

The music of Handel, Stravinsky, Wagner, Saint-Saens was played by outstanding musicians from the USA and Europe on the Big Stage of Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre on December 23.

The world famous musicians together with Kharkiv Youth Symphonic Academic Orchestra “Slobozhansky” performed the sixth annual “Classical Feerie” charity concert for socially vulnerable children. The collected money was donated to purchase the equipment for the Kharkiv regional children’s urological center.

The project also has the educational purpose. Two unique musical instruments were played in Kharkiv for the first time: an amazing Alpine horn similar to Ukrainian trembita and 322-year-old cello, made in 1695 by one of the well-known masters of string instruments, Venetian Matteo Goffriller.

The first concert of the series was held in December 2012, when the initiators of the project musicians Olexander and Serhiy Dvornichenko invited the children from the Liubotyn boarding school to the concert in the Assumption Cathedral, built in 1840. Although it was cold in the hall, the children did not leave after the first part of the concert, as they enjoyed the classical music greatly. After that, charity concerts have become annual.

Each concert attracts new well-known musicians and conductors. Arkady Shilkloper is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, one of the best performers on French horn and alphorn in the world, Theodore Kuchar is a resident of Cleveland, ex-head of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. There are some regular participants of charity concerts like Laszlo Fenyo, who plays the cello, and violinist Daniel Austrich.


“I am happy to be involved into the ‘Classical Feerie,’ a great project, aimed at bringing children into classical music, the concert, which is unique in the world.  We, the participants, have a chance to deliver a ray of light into the future, which depends on the issues educating our children,” Austrich states.

This year, more than  200,000 UAH  ($7,100) were collected for the children’s hospital. The organizers are planning to hold the similar concerts in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.


Text: Veronika Skliarova

Photo: Elena Dolzhenko, Volodymyr Ogloblin