Concert for Ukraine to Raise Funds for Victims of Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

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 Renowned Violinist Maria Storm Headlines Concert

CHICAGO, March 11, 2015 – The turmoil in Ukraine has created an under-reported humanitarian crisis. Over one million people have been displaced by fighting in Eastern Ukraine, including children orphaned by the war, critically wounded soldiers and families forced to leave their homes for safety. Resources to assist these refugees and victims are limited.

With the intention of bringing the Chicagoland community together to raise money to support those in Ukraine affected by the war, the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago and the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council are hosting a concert featuring renowned violinist, Maria Storm.

Maria Storm hails from Kyiv and has been distressed by recent events in her homeland and the damage it has caused to her fellow countrymen. She has assembled a group of leading musicians from Chicago and New York to present a program of music—classical in the first half and modern and popular in the second. Additional performers include acclaimed Ukrainian performer Foma; Grammy-nominated singer Matthew Santos; pianist Emiko Sato; vocalist Constance Volk; and guitarist Jesse Langen.

The concert takes place on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 7 p.m., at the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago (1936 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616).

Ticket required for attendance; tickets available for purchase in advance at; advance purchase strongly recommend; tickets only available for purchase at the door if event is not sold out. Donations also accepted online and at event.

Ticket prices:
·         Adults: $25
·         Children under 12: Free, but RSVP required
·         Bronze Circle VIP seating: $100
·         Silver Circle VIP seating: $250

Corporate and individual sponsorships available at the $5,000 (Platinum) and $1,000 (Gold) levels. Please contact Chicago Sister Cities International at 312.201.4534 for sponsorship information.

All proceeds raised from the concert will go the Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA). The UFA will provide relief in the form of food, water, clothing and medical supplies to families and children in Ukraine affected by the war. For more information on the UFA, please visit


The Kyiv Committee of @ChiSisterCities raises funds for war victims in Ukraine with concert by @stormviolin on 3/28:


Maria Storm

Violinist Maria Storm made her solo début at the age of fourteen with the Odessa Symphony Orchestra in Ukraine. A year later her recording of sixteenth Paganini Caprice was regularly broadcasted on the Second Channel of Ukrainian Radio. While living in Europe, Maria established herself as an active soloist and chamber musician, performing among others with Torun Chamber Orchestra, A.Rubinstein Symphony Orchestra and appearing at the Festival Weeks in Gmunden, Austria. Her recent engagements include performances on ‘Live from WFMT’ with CUBE Ensemble and International Chamber Artists, a broadcast from the Piano Forte Salon Series, recital at St. James Chapel, as part of the concert series Second Saturday at Two and solo appearance with Waukegan Symphony Orchestra. She is a concertmaster of Composers Orchestra of Chicago with which she recently played an American premiere of “Spheres” for violin solo and orchestra by Gabriel Prokofiev.

Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International

Kyiv and Lucerne have enjoyed a successful and productive sister city relationship since 1991. In support of the relationship, the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) produces events, initiatives and exchanges to further build the strong ties between the sister cities. The Kyiv Committee has presented and sponsored a number of programs in an effort to educate the Chicagoland public on current events in Ukraine, particularly since the Euromaidan protests in 2013 and 2014.

Chicago Sister Cities International

Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), a division of World Business Chicago, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s 28 sister cities in the areas of economic development, education, tourism, immigration and cultural enrichment. CSCI expands Chicago’s global reach for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

For more information on Chicago Sister Cities International, visit, follow us on Twitter (@ChiSisterCities) or “Like” us on Facebook,

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).

Contact: Benjamin Kelner
Phone: 312.201.4535, 312.320.1406