Charity concert in the Berlin Philharmonie

On December 13, 2023, the Christmas concert “SOUND OF UKRAINE” will take place for the benefit of Ukrainian artists.

In the run-up to the concert, the Ukrainian Institute in Germany is presenting the exhibition “Sound of Ukraine: The History of a Timeless Christmas Carol”.

Photo: Galyna Kuchmanych


December 13, 2023


Berlin Philharmonie



Under the musical direction of Theodor Kuсhar, the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra will perform excerpts from the suite “The Night Before Christmas” by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych and the concerto for violin and orchestra by Johann Sibelius with Ukrainian violinist Bohdana Pivnenko as the soloist.

The program also includes Shchedryk and other Christmas carols by M. Leontovych in an arrangement by S. Yushkevych.

The concert will be complemented by letters from Aurelia Bros’ book “Like a Ray of Light in the Darkness: Letters from Women from Ukraine to the Free World“, which will be read by German actress Mala Emde. The concert program also includes a performance by singer Cornelia Lanz and pianist Violina Petrychenko with the song “Call me Freedom” by Jerry Heil.

The evening will be hosted by Fabian Gasmia.

The exhibition “Sound of Ukraine: the history of a timeless Christmas carol” will also be shown as part of the benefit concert.

The Ukrainian Institute in Germany is presenting the study by researcher Tina Peresunko on the fascinating story behind the Christmas carol “Shchedryk” by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych.

The show explores how the Ukrainian song “Shchedryk” later became the internationally renowned “Carol of the bells”.

The concert is organized by the concert agency OPEN MUSIC PROJECT in cooperation with LVIV NATIONAL Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine). The exhibition is presented by the Ukrainian Institute in Germany.

With the kind support of Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag, the Ukrainian Embassy in Germany, the Lviv Administration, the American Embassy, the Hilton Group, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung e.V., the Valfair Concert and Vitsche.