In a week of so many international holidays, all eyes are on Ukraine. This week, Culture Picks includes a list of on-demand performances that have been recently presented in support and solidarity.

NPR Music presents: Daniel Hope: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Streaming now
Violinist Daniel Hope is the current president of Beethoven-Haus, where the great composer was born in 1770 in Bonn, Germany.  In this concert, PAC audience favorite Hope explores his Irish roots; the tiny desk in this concert is Beethoven’s own travel desk.
Traditional: “Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)”
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A: II. Adagio
Beethoven: St. Patrick’s Day Variations, Op. 107, No. 4
Daniel Hope: violin; Sylvia Thereza: piano
Listen to the Tiny Desk (Home) Concert featuring Daniel Hope

Ailey All Access presents
The Women Behind Ailey II
Ailey II in Francesca Harper’s Freedom Series (excerpts)
Streaming now through March 27
Ailey All Access presents two videos showcasing the women behind the legacy and artistry of Ailey II: The Women Behind Ailey II—a conversation about how the company’s history is informing its future, featuring Ailey II Artistic Director Francesca Harper, Ailey II Artistic Director Emerita Sylvia Waters, and Rehearsal Director Lakey Evans-Peña—and an excerpt of Ms. Harper’s Freedom Series, a work inspired by her life in dance that she re-imagined in collaboration with the dancers.
Stream both videos on Ailey All Access

Celebrity Series of Boston presents Charles Overton, solo harp:  Winter Magic
Virtual Concert on Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm
Digital Concert: Charles Overton, solo harp | Celebrity Series of Boston

The Metropolitan Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi:  Don Carlos
Live audio stream on Friday, March 18, 6:25pm
Furrer; Yoncheva, Barton, Polenzani, Dupuis, Owens, Relyea
Listen to Verdi’s Don Carlos on

WQXR presents
Carnegie Hall Live:  Galilee Chamber Orchestra with Joshua Bell, violin / Saleem Ashkar, conductor
Live broadcast on Friday, March 18, at 8pm
The Galilee Chamber Orchestra is the first professional ensemble comprising both Arab and Jewish musicians in Israel. This is their first North American tour.  Violinist Joshua Bell performs with the orchestra for Carnegie Hall’s Annual Isaac Stern Memorial Concert and will feature the works of Haydn, Bruch, Al-Zand, and Beethoven.  Hosted by John Schaefer and Jeff Spurgeon.  Program notes courtesy of Carnegie Hall.
Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 59 in A Major, “Fire”=
Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
Karim Al-Zand – Luctus Profugis (New York Premiere)
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Listen live on WQXR

Westben presents Caitlin Wood, soprano
Live stream Saturday, March 19, 8pm
Composer Brian Finley and soprano Caitlin Wood will perform works by Mozart and Puccini, and selections from Finley’s musical Samson.
Watch and listen to Caitlin Wood on YouTube

Violinists Across the World Play for Ukraine
Violinist Kerenza Peacock: “I befriended some young violinists in Ukraine via Instagram and discovered some were in basement shelters but had their violins. So I asked colleagues across the world to accompany them in harmony. And I got sent videos from 94 violinists in 29 countries in 48 hours!! An astonishing collaboration formed an international violin choir of support for Ukraine. Illia Bondarenko had to film this between explosions because he could not hear himself play.  Nine other young violinists sheltering in Ukraine join in unison, and are accompanied in harmony by world-class players from the London Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, the Hollywood Studios, and renowned violinists from all over the world…  So we play an old Ukrainian folk song together across continents, called “Verbovaya Doschechka.” Never before have violinists gathered together from so many countries. Or collaborated across so many different styles of violin playing.”
Violinists Across the World Play for Ukraine – YouTube

Yo-Yo Ma presents
#SongsOfComfort: Brahms for Ukraine with Emanuel Ax
Watch and Listen to #SongsOfComfort: Brahms for Ukraine with Emanuel Ax on YouTube

Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma perform the Ukrainian national anthem at The Kennedy Center
Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma perform the Ukrainian National Anthem. Watch on YouTube

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs the Ukrainian national anthem at the Royal Albert Hall
Ukrainian national anthem live at the Royal Albert Hall | Watch on YouTube

Sting: Help Ukraine (2022) News of Ukraine
Sting: “I’ve only rarely sung this song in the many years since it was written because I never thought it would be relevant again.“
Watch and listen to Sting perform HELP UKRAINE (2022) News of Ukraine on YouTube

NPR Music presents
Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Joonas Ahonen, like most of us right now, are concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Kopatchinskaja hails from Moldova, which shares a border with Ukraine and declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Ahonen is from Finland, which borders Russia in the east and was once under the Russian Empire until the 1917 Revolution.
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor: III. Scherzo
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor: IV. Finale. Allegro.
Antheil: Violin Sonata No. 1: IV. Presto
Watch and listen to Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert on YouTube

Orchestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria performs the Ukrainian National Anthem
Orchestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria performs the Ukranian National Anthem on YouTube

Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
National Anthem of Ukraine
National Anthem of Ukraine | Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre – YouTube

ABT presents: Sending Love
Sending love to our Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and all of those who are currently hurting near and far. Dancing an excerpt of Ratmansky’s SONGS OF BUKOVINA: Catherine Hurlin, Patrick Frenette, Courtney Lavine, Tyler Maloney. #SupportUkraine
Watch ABT Sending Love on YouTube

Staatsoper Unter den Linden presents: Concert for Peace
Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor and Daniel Barenboim
Mychajlo Werbyzkyj: Ще не вмерла Україна (Schtsche ne wmerla Ukrajina)
auf das Gedicht »Noch ist die Ukraine nicht gestorben«
von Pawlo Tschubynskyj
Franz Schubert:  Sinfonie Nr. 8 h-moll D 759 “Unfinished”
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Sinfonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur Op. 55 “Eroica”
Watch and Listent o Staatsoper Unter den Linden Concert for Peace on You Tube

KölnMusik, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and the Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne
Ukraine-Solidaritätskonzert | WDR Sinfonieorchester | WDR Rundfunkchor | Kölner Philharmonie
Program:  Anna Arkushyna, Johannes Brahms, Georg Friedrich Händel, Anna Korsun, Vitaliy Kyianytsia, Bohuslav Martinů, Richard Rijnvos, Dmitrij Schostakowitsch, Valentin Silvestrov, Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky
Watch and listen to Ukraine-Solidaritätskonzert on YouTube

Charity Concert for Ukraine
Frankfurt Radio Symphony & Ensemble Modern with Schumann, Beethoven & Korsun featuring Truls Mørk, cello
With this charity concert, all participating artists and institutions would like to express their solidarity with the Ukrainian population and set a musical sign for the peace and freedom of our European neighbors. The Frankfurt Radio Symphony conducted by Juraj Valčuha will present the final movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, also known as the “European Anthem.” Truls Mørk will perform Schumann’s Cello Concerto, and the Ensemble Modern will present a piece by the young Ukrainian composer Anna Korsun.
Watch and listen to Charity Concert for Ukraine on YouTube


Culture Picks is a weekly feature celebrating the performing arts. The arts are back and there is so much to take in, both live and virtual. Cultural connoisseur and PAC staff member Coni Guhl is here to help you sort through it all. Each week we will post her curated selection of events featuring the artists you know and love from The PAC Center Series, work being done by Purchase alums, plus a sampling of arts experiences you just can’t miss. Enjoy!

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Pictured: Screenshot from Violinists Across the World Play for Ukraine