On Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m., Encompass New Opera Theater (Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director) and the Encompass Board of Directors will present a benefit concert for Ukraine, in association with Women in the Arts & Media Coalition. Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church has generously donated the use of their beautiful hall for this afternoon.

All proceeds from the concert as well as donations will be donated to Happy Childhood of Odessa, Ukraine; this organization provides food, clothing and medicine to families and children in the region.

Karolina Gossteva, a working mother who fled Kyiv with her two young children, will share a few words about her experience. Her husband remains in their homeland, fighting as a member of the Ukrainian resistance.

This family concert will feature Ukrainian singers and musicians, including the famous Kozak Family Trio, who have performed at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, as well as artists from Encompass. It will be a musical feast for our community with performances taking us from traditional folk music to modern jazz to classical Eastern European compositions, all showcased in a welcoming and pastoral setting. This extraordinary afternoon is dedicated to the people of Ukraine, in recognition of their courage, resilience and strength in their quest for freedom and peace.

Tickets are $25, $50, and $100 and can be purchased on the Encompass website. Donations of any amount are also welcome.

“It will be a beautiful program and a meaningful afternoon,” said Nancy Rhodes, artistic director of Encompass. “It’s an opportunity to give back and a chance to experience wonderful music that New Yorkers may not know.”

At Encompass, we believe in the power of music to uplift and enrich the human spirit. Under the artistic direction of Nancy Rhodes, Encompass is dedicated to the creation, development and production of adventurous new musical theater and contemporary opera. This concert is presented as part of Paradigm Shifts. The festival will soon present Angel of the Amazon, a moving opera telling the story of Sister Dorothy Stang and her relationship with the rainforest and its indigenous peoples.

Encompass productions are made possible in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.