DeKALB — NIU President Lisa Freeman began off Friday’s Ukraine Profit Live performance with a speech about folks coming collectively to help communities overseas earlier than introducing the primary efficiency of the evening.
The live performance was hosted by the NIU Faculty of Music and was organized by NIU graduate college students Jennalynn Cisca and Annie Chung. A crowd of roughly 75 attendants watched school and college students showcase their expertise for a trigger.
The live performance was free to attend, however the Faculty of Music requested for donations to 4 support organizations: Mercy Corps, United Nations Excessive Fee for Refugees, Direct Aid and Save the Kids.
Carl and Robyn Menk, residents of Le Sueur, Minnesota, had beforehand attended the Megan Rault and Greg Comonal saxophone/guitar recital that occurred earlier Friday to observe their son Austyn Menk play. Austyn, a tech, lab, supervisor and assistant at NIU, was additionally taking part in within the profit live performance, so Carl and Robyn stayed for each.
Carl was excited to attend the live performance not solely to help his son but in addition as a result of the live performance was actually numerous and handled a heavy matter.
“I hope it will likely be capable of clarify the unexplainable,” Carl stated. His spouse Robyn echoed that assertion.
The primary efficiency was performed by Chung and a collaboration of strings and winds carried out the Ukraine Nationwide Anthem, United Armed Forces Version.
The Ukraine Nationwide Anthem kicked off the musical performances. Cisna stated she wished to get collectively a gaggle of performers to play the nationwide anthem and Chung to conduct, however then they turned it into one thing larger. It took them about 4 weeks and a lot of the spring break making an attempt to plan and arrange the live performance.
“We put Google Varieties up for folks to reply to and located that a whole lot of musicians and school have been comfortable to enroll,” Chung stated.
Cisna and Chung stated they hoped the live performance would elevate consciousness and present folks range by the present of music.
Many of the performances have been Ukrainian songs and hymns, there have been a number of that veered off however maintained the general theme of the live performance. The performers performed every tune with grace, precision and expertise.
Music professor Gregory Beyer carried out two songs utilizing a Berimbau, a music bow that originated in Africa however is now generally utilized in Brazil. Beyer additionally sang in Portuguese for his second efficiency.
Earlier than performing “Peace” by Horace Silver, Kirby Fellis, a graduate instructing assistant and trombone participant, mentioned the way it has been heartbreaking to see the violence and racism towards Black Individuals in Ukraine.
The live performance ended with Bryan A. Flippin, graduate assistant for the Huskie band, conducting the “Prayer for Ukraine.” The performers have been met with a standing ovation from the group because the organizers, conductors and musicians took their ultimate bow for the evening.
Montez Soliz, a junior political science main, couldn’t decide his favourite second from the live performance as a result of he discovered it emotional and was moved by all of it.
“Since COVID occurred it has been exhausting to get collectively, however this introduced folks collectively for trigger,” Soliz stated.