11 March 2022, 7 pm CET
Lithuania Independence Restoration Day
Lithuanian National Theatre of Opera and Ballet Vilnius
LNOBT Simfoninis Orkestras
Musical direction: Ričardas Šumila (LT)
and Marharyta Hrynyvetska (UA)
Margarita Levchuk (BY), soprano
Yulia Tkachenko (UA), soprano
Olesia Shaytanova (UA/LT), prima ballerina
Jonas Sakalauskas (LT), baritone
Edgaras Montvidas (LT), tenor
Dainius Peseckas (LT), violine
The war in Ukraine has triggered utmost anxiety around the world. At the same time, it is creating an unprecedented wave of solidarity, especially in the Baltic States. Here, people feel a strong bond with the long-suffering Ukrainian population through their shared history and geographical proximity to Russia.
In Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, people recall the Peaceful Revolution of August 1989, when more than two million people sang and formed a 600-kilometer-long human chain through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
The “Baltic Way” went down in the history books and set the stage for the fall of the Soviet Union – peacefully, with music.
As a result, Lithuania became the first of the three Baltic countries to declare independence on March 11, 1990, exactly 32 years ago today. By December 1991, all other former states of the Soviet Union followed suit, including Ukraine. It is such memories of the transition to freedom and democracy, as well as concerns about renewed annexation and oppression, that unite these people.
In the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, only a few streets away from the “Baltic Way”, musicians from Lithuania and Ukraine are gathering this evening. Once again with the power of music, they are committed to peace and their hard-won freedom. Together they are setting an example so that the dark chapters of European history will never be repeated.
An HD production of Accentus Music
In cooperation with ZDF/Arte and
the Lithuanian National Theatre of Opera and Ballet Vilnius
All proceeds from ticket sales and earnings will be donated to organizations that are supporting Ukrainian refugees. All proceeds from this production will be donated to the UN’s Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.
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