An evening of Ukrainian culture with musicologist, Dr. Oksana Nesterenko, as she discusses the responses of Ukrainian composers to the Russian invasion.
Since the Russian invasion of February 24, 2022, an overwhelming majority of composers in Ukraine have remained determined to continue making music despite unprecedented circumstances, such as frequent air raids, electricity shortages and strikes on civilian targets. Moreover, the escalation of the military conflict has changed their creative outlook in significant ways. The need to draw international attention to the cruelty of war and the desire to protect future generations from similar misfortunes, triggered the transformation of apolitical composers into messengers, diplomats, social commentators and sonic writers of history.
This presentation by Dr. Oksana Nesterenko will discuss the responses of Ukrainian composers of art music to the 2022 Russian invasion, and describe the range of their emotions triggered by the war itself and by its sounds. The presentation will feature video recordings of music composed in 2022-2023 by Valentyn Silvestrov, Victoria Polyova, Zoltan Almashi, Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko that have been performed in major concert halls in New York, Western Europe and Ukraine over the past year.