Students and faculty from IU’s Jacobs School of Music will perform a concert to show support for the people of Ukraine at 7 p.m. Sunday at the First United Church.
Else Trygstad-Burke, IU graduate student at the Jacobs School of Music, organized this concert. Trygstad-Burke said she along with many other people are incredibly upset with what is going on in Ukraine, and they wanted to do something to show their solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
“It's hard to wake up every day and see all the atrocities that are taking place and all the suffering that's happening,” Trygstad-Burke said. “Music is a really nice way for people to come together and just experience that process together, as well as showing support for Ukrainian members of our community both in Bloomington and at IU.”
The concert is free, with donations requested for multiple agencies assisting with humanitarian aid: Polska Akcja Humanitarna, Fundacja Ocalenie, Save the Children, Sunflower of Peace, Care and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Donations can be made directly to the websites of the organizations before, during or after the concert. Full descriptions of each organization and donation links can be found on the concert’s Eventbrite page.
“It's important to do something really tangible to help,” Trygstad-Burke said. “I know it feels like we're just doing a little bit, but I think that every bit counts.”
Trygstad-Burke said she reached out to faculty and friends at Jacobs and everyone was enthusiastic to participate in the concert. The concert will last about an hour as performers and groups will present different movements from classical works.
“It's going to be a lovely evening of music and it's a very good cause,” Trygstad-Burke said. “I know we're all hoping for peace and stability for Ukraine.”