The Bay Street Theater hosts a concert for Ukraine: a relief


Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Concert For Ukraine, a humanitarian relief concert celebrating the music, arts and culture of Ukraine, Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m.

The concert will be hosted by Dr. Taras Filenko, Ukrainian pianist, historian, ethnomusicologist and recognized specialist in Ukrainian music, who will present a lecture and performance examining Ukrainian national identity through a musical lens. The concert is presented in collaboration between Southampton City Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and the Bay Street Theatre. Tickets are available with a minimum donation of $20, although guests are asked to donate what they can, and can be purchased through the box office by calling 631 725 9500 Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 24/7 on

Ethnomusicologist Dr. Taras Filenko will present a slide talk and performance examining Ukrainian national identity through a musical lens. Ukrainian culture is currently under serious threat. In response, Dr. Filenko will explain how this is not a new event but a continuation of a historic cycle of suppression and resilience. With examples from 19th and 20th century Ukrainian composers, Dr. Filenko will demonstrate the vitality and distinctiveness of Ukrainian culture, with a prayer (or hope) for its future.The Concert For Ukraine was organized in response to the man-made humanitarian crisis in the region, in collaboration between Southampton City Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and the Bay Street Theatre. All proceeds from the concert will go to support the International Rescue Committee, which has launched an emergency appeal to help displaced families with essential aid and work directly with local partners to strengthen the crisis response of people who have already been active in the community and are experts in the local context. “The war in Ukraine has created more than four million refugees,” says Jay Schneiderman. “These displaced children and families need basic support, including food and medical care. I appreciate Bay Street opening its doors to host a community event to raise funds to help address this crisis. “We felt it was important to try and hear from Ukrainian artists themselves,” says Bay Street General Manager Tracy Mitchell. “We are fortunate to have access to this amazing artist who not only is an accomplished pianist, but who will also be able to put the situation into context from his own experience with images and music.”Dr. Taras Filenko is a pianist, historian and ethnomusicologist, and an eminent scholar of Ukrainian music. A graduate of the Kyiv National Academy of Music, Dr. Filenko served on the faculty there and eventually served as Associate Dean of Conducting and Vocals. From the Academy he obtained a doctorate. in historical musicology in 1989, then earned a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. For more than forty years, Dr. Filenko has worked in the fields of music history, ethnomusicology, and musical performance (piano, organ and staged choir), successfully combining his work as scholar, teacher and performer. He has presented numerous concerts across Europe and North America, promoting the works of contemporary Ukrainian composers. Dr. Filenko is a Fulbright and Petesh Fellow. With his mother, Tamara Bulat, he wrote The World of Mykola Lysenko: Ethnic Identity, Music Culture and Politics, (2010). Bay Street Theater is a fully vaccinated company. All attendance is available through a contactless ticket office. All guests must present proof of vaccination and will be required to wear a mask upon entering the theater. For a complete list of COVID-19 safety procedures and guidelines for in-person events, please visit us online at Street Theater is a year-round professional theater and non-profit community cultural center that strives to innovate, educate and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource and home to a community of artists.


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