Ukrainian benefit concert offered to the Lutheran Church of Peace

As Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis continues to escalate amid the Russian invasion, the Lutheran Peace Church is offering residents of Nevada’s West County a way to help.

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, the Lutheran Peace Church will host a Ukrainian benefit concert, featuring local musicians performing a variety of music.

“One of our missions at Peace Lutheran is to help those in need,” said Walt Strony, artistic advisor for [email protected], the group sponsoring the concert. “A few years ago we held a benefit concert for the victims of the Houston flood. We found that our community was looking for a way to help, and they did! Many musicians donated their talents, and the audience was very supportive, both with their presence and their contributions. We hope to repeat this success for Ukraine.

Musicians include the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, with George Husaruk, director; an Auburn-based flute ensemble known for its ragtime music; singers Eric Howe and Anne Vaaler; violist Jonathan Phillips; classical pianist Toby Thomas-Rose; ragtime pianist Michael Chisholm; and horn player Phil Richardson, playing the rarely heard Wagner tuba, which was invented by Richard Wagner as a bridge between the French horn and the trombone. Finally, organist and entertainer Thom Greathouse will perform one of his famous cabaret sets. Strony will play Peace’s new organ, purchased with community support and honoring the memory of late Music in the Mountains co-founder Paul Perry. Some of the musicians will perform special music in honor of Ukraine.

“We like to include a lot of variety in our concerts, and this event will be no exception,” Strony said.

Admission will be by donation; no gift is too small to make a difference. All donations will be sent to Lutheran World Relief, destined for Ukraine Relief; checks can be made payable to this organization. Lutheran World Relief is fully funded by the Lutheran Church, so none of the money raised will be used for administration costs. Information on this non-profit organization’s response to the Ukrainian crisis can be found at Situation Report No. 4: War in Ukraine | Lutheran World Relief (

A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert, where the public can meet the musicians. Masks will be required due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lutheran Church of Peace is located at 828 W. Main St. near downtown Grass Valley. More information can be found at or by calling the office at 530-273-9631.

Source: Lutheran Church of Peace

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