As the audience rose to it's feet for the opening playing of the Ukrainian National Anthem by the Flint Institute of Music string ensemble, we knew we were in for an amazing evening. The concert was organized by the Flint area Rotary clubs and raised more than $5,000 to be used for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. This donation will add to the more than $15 million raised by fellow Rotarians around the world which is going to provide food, shelter and medical aid to the brave citizens of Ukraine.
Joining the FIM ensemble onstage was violinist Ukraine-born Solomia Soroka and her pianist Robert Conway. Her stirring performance was nothing short of electric as she played several pieces by Ukranian composers, one still working daily in Ukraine as the missiles continue to fall. Also appearing was Tamara Finlay, a talented singer from the Detroit area who sang several pieces in her native Ukraine language. Both performances were clearly inspired by their pride in the country and support for the people who continue to fight.
Our thanks to the collaboration between the Flint Institute of Music and the Flint area Rotary clubs which both raised funds for a worthy cause and provided the audience with a memorable evening of entertainment.