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 ianmaksin.com.