A charity concert by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) in March raised 73,587 euros for Ukraine. The costs for organising the concert were covered by Liviko and Jungent.
All of the proceeds from the tickets and the donations collected over the phone went to Come Back Alive, an organisation that buys protective equipment for Ukrainian freedom fighters. The 1,345.20 euros collected in the donation box at the concert hall was donated to the Red Cross.
The concert was conducted by Kyiv-born Ukrainian conductor Natalia Ponomarchuk, who has been the Principal Conductor of the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra since 2018. From 2003 to 2020, Ponomarchuk was the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dnipro Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Natalia Ponomarchuk left Ukraine on 1 March and arrived in Estonia via Germany in the late evening of 14 March, just four days before the benefit concert.
The concert featured a solo performance by Ukraine’s most renowned pianist, Alexey Botvinov, who has been organising the prestigious Odessa Classics classical music festival since 2015.
The concert, which took place at the Estonia Concert Hall on 18 March, was broadcast by Estonian Public Broadcasting on Klassikaraadio, ETV, ETV2 and ETV+. The concert was also streamed by ERSO TV.