Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra @ Newberry Opera House
During the first season, the orchestra performed nearly 115 concerts, with the total number of audience members exceeding 115,000. The concert programs featured the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, symphonic works by Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Antonin Dvorak, Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Camille Saint-Saëns, Peter Tchaikovsky. In 1933, the orchestra became incorporated as the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine. During the German occupation, in 1941-1944, the Philharmonic did not operate. In the postwar period, the orchestra had to be re-assembled. The team resumed work in August 1944. The first concerts featured works by Stanislav Ludkevych, Vasyl Barvinsky, Mykola Lysenko, Stanislav Moniuszko, Camille Saint-Saens, Peter Tchaikovsky and Carl Maria von Weber. Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine featured some of the most famous conductors in classical music, including Kirill Kondrashin, Fuat Mansurov, Nathan Rakhlin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Reinhold Gliere, Yevgeni Mravinsky, Nikolae Popescu, Kurt Masur, Saulius Sondeckis, Theodore Kuchar and Mariss Jansons as well as Ukrainian conductors Stefan Turchak, Fedir Glushchenko, Igor Blazhkov, Roman Kofman, Volodymyr Kozhukhar and Volodymyr Sirenko. After two seasons as the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, Theodore Kuchar was appointed the Principal Conductor of Ukraine’s Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022.