Preview: Ian Maksin to Host Cello for Peace, a Concert Benefiting Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine This Saturday

Russian-born American cellist Ian Maksin will be joining Ukrainian pianist and vocalist Sofi Fraser and other friends in Cello for Peace, a concert to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. In addition to being a wonderful cellist, Maksin is a vocalist fluent in many languages and a gifted composer. Saturday's concert will feature folk and popular songs in 10 different languages.

Some of the proceeds from this concert will go to Wellbeing, a Chicago-based nonprofit that works directly with volunteers in Ukraine to deliver funds quickly and efficiently where they are needed most. Other proceeds will support Ukrainian artist Taras Chubay, founder of the Ukrainian band Jeremiah’s Cry, whose home and recording studio in Hostomel outside Kyiv were destroyed by Russian forces. Chubay and his family were forced to flee to Austria and are currently living in a shelter. 

Cello for Peace is this Saturday evening, May 7, at Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave., at 7:30pm. Tickets and sponsorship tables start at $22 at

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Louis Harris

A lover of music his whole life, Louis Harris has written extensively from the early days of punk and alternative rock. More recently he has focused on classical music, especially chamber ensembles. He has reviewed concerts, festivals, and recordings and has interviewed composers and performers. He has paid special attention to Chicago’s rich and robust contemporary art music scene. He occasionally writes poetry and has a published novel to his credit, 32 Variations on a Theme by Basil II in the Key of Washington, DC. He now lives on the north side of Chicago, which he considers to be the greatest city in the country, if not the world. Member of the Music Critics Association of North America.