The Pacific Chamber Orchestra kicks off its 2022-23 season this weekend with a concert featuring some of Central Europe’s greatest musical works.
On stage at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore on Sunday September 18, ‘Courageous: Music from the Heart of Europe’ will feature music by late Ukrainian composers Mykola Kolessa and Myroslav Skoryk, Polish composers Grazyna Bacewisz and Wojciech Kilar, and Antonin Dvorak of Republics Czech and Slovak.
“This program provides an ideal platform to come together as a community, strengthen our common humanity, and discover the universal healing power of music in times of adversity,” said PCO Music Director and Conductor , Lawrence Kohl.
“Furthermore, this performance invites listeners not only to appreciate the sheer beauty, courage and popular wisdom of these uplifting musical works, but also to pay homage to the brave people of Ukraine and its neighboring countries who have continued to embrace strength during a time of upheaval and despair,” added Kohl.
The PCO’s first violinist, violinist and violist Igor Veligan has a special connection with this music. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Veligan came to the United States in 1998 and earned a Master of Arts in Violin Performance and Chamber Music from the Odessa State Conservatory.