WHAT: Unity Songs: The internationally renowned Russian vocal ensemble M.Turetsky & SOPRANO, a hit with Toronto audiences, gives a free concert for an expected audience of 8,000: distinguished guests and the Toronto public. This is part of a 13-day marathon tour with concerts in major capitals in North America and Europe. The concert features songs of hope and peace. (China is also part of the tour.)
WHO: Notables include Councillor James Pasternak, who will deliver a welcome address; other local politicians and dignitaries, diplomats, Holocaust survivors, and World War II veterans.
WHEN: Sunday, May 5 at 5 p.m. N.B. The artists can be available for advance interviews or filming at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
MORE DETAILS are in the media release below.
Linda Litwack Publicity
Toronto ON Canada
Remembering World War II and Singing for Peace and Unity
UNITY SONGS – RENOWNED RUSSIAN MUSICAL GROUPS PERFORM
FREE CONCERT SUNDAY, MAY 5 AT MEL LASTMAN SQUARE
Moscow’s internationally renowned vocal ensemble M.Turetsky Choir & SOPRANO is undertaking its second marathon world tour of Unity Songs, celebrating victory at the end of World War II and promoting peace and understanding. Between May 1 and 13, the artists will perform songs from the war years in prominent city squares in 11 countries in Europe and North America. Performances are also taking place in China.
For the first time, Unity Songs is coming to Toronto, its only Canadian stop, with a concert at Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street, on Sunday, May 5 at 5 p.m. Diplomats, local politicians and other dignitaries will be in attendance, along with World War II veterans and Holocaust survivors. Councillor James Pasternak will welcome the artists and assembly with a special address.
The ensemble, whose members also play an array of instruments, performs songs of love, valor and hope for peace from the dark days of World War II (1939-45). Most originated in the former Soviet Union. At its core, the program demonstrates how music can unite humanity in striving towards peace and love in times of dissension and strife.
An audience of about 8,000 is expected. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved through www.russiantix.com. Additional information is available by calling 416-726-6992, or visiting https://torontovka.com or https://showoneproductions.ca. The project is supported by KartinaTV and Yummy Market.
Mikhail Turetsky, founder and producer of M.Turetsky Choir & SOPRANO, expresses his goal: “The Unity Songs project is not just the words set to music. It is our history, our memory. The marathon purpose is to unite people and to preserve this fragile peace through music.”
The Toronto performance takes place one day after a special event at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which includes a screening of the film Songs of Victory.
The 2019 Unity Songs May tour takes place between May 1 and 13 in Rome, Paris, Washington DC, New York, Toronto, Warsaw, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Berlin and Minsk.
THE UNITY SONGS PROJECT began in Moscow in 2015, debuting on Poklonnaya Hill to an unprecedented audience of 150,000. In 2017, the project expanded to Berlin, where the concert in the Gendarmenmarkt drew more than 8 million online viewers. In 2018, Unity Songs became a marathon, with 10 days of performances in eight countries.
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May 1, 2019
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