National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2024 at 1:00PM

VENUE Matthews Theater
Run Time 90 Minutes followed by conversation


Founded in 1918 as Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of the country’s principal symphonies and the most-recorded orchestra in any former Soviet territory. Now, with their compatriots defending their homeland against a Russian invasion, the orchestra steps out of Russia’s shadow. For their return to McCarter Theatre the symphony brings some of Ukraine’s most talented and renowned musicians to showcase the country’s rich musical history. 



Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor

Soloists: Volodymyr Vynnytsky (piano)


Berezovsky, The 1st Ukrainian Symphony in C major

Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2


Dvořák, Symphony No. 8 



Join Artists in Wartime: a special conversation on stage following the concert with Symphony Director  Alexander Hornostai and Princeton University visiting scholar Iuliia Skubytska 

Arts & Ideas connects Princeton University and community partners to the work on McCarter’s stage.

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Council at Princeton University.

What does it mean to live through the war as an artist, a scholar, a resident whose city gets occupied overnight? Read a reflection by Olha Chystotina, a young Ukrainian scholar and photographer on her journey of discovering a new identity, purpose, connections - and new love for “home.” "Traces of War"







This event was made possible through the generous support of: Lydia Zaininger, George & Ellen Casey, Steve & Linda Gecha, The Olsen Foundation, the Ukrainian Institute of America and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.