Apr 22, 2022 | News Story

Met Orchestra Raises $17K for Ukrainian Opera Orchestra Musicians

Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra organized a fundraiser for the musicians of the National Opera of Ukraine in Kyiv. Along with a significant donation from the Met Orchestra’s Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and donations from the Met’s music staff, the Met Orchestra raised $17,000 for the Ukrainian opera orchestra musicians.

The idea for this fundraising effort came about during rehearsals for the Concert for Ukraine, a March 14 benefit concert produced by the Metropolitan Opera and conducted by the Maestro Nézet-Séguin. At the coffee break following an emotional rehearsal of the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the “Ode to Joy,” it became clear that the musicians of the Met Orchestra were deeply inspired to produce a gesture of solidarity and support for their Kyiv counterparts. Read more from American Federation of Musicians Local 802.