Ukraine is sending its orchestra to the US. Will Trump go?

Ukraine is sending its orchestra to the US. Will Trump go?


norman lebrecht

November 12, 2019

Starting this Friday, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will give a seven-concert tour of Florida, New Jersey and New York.

The conductor is Volodymyr Sirenko, the soloist Olga Kern.

Do they know stuff about Joe Biden?



  • àntibandera says:

    What orchestra?

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Click bait. Again.

  • Larry W says:

    Trump is Biden his time while he deals with a Ukraine headache.

  • Bill says:

    Trump won’t attend . Ted Nugent is more his style.

  • MusicBear88 says:

    For crying out loud, does this blog have to go there at every single opportunity?

  • sam says:

    “tour of Florida, New Jersey and New York”

    Every place Trump has a golf course.

    Coincidence or Quid Pro Quo?

    • Helen says:

      Those are also places with sizeable populations of Americans of Ukrainian descent and of Ukrainian immigrants. Thing is, most Ukrainians are Trumpsheviks. Awkward . . .

      • esfir ross says:

        Most Ukrainian ethnic community was in Chicago. The tour places were recent immigrants from Ukraine of all origins and they don’t give a damn about symphony orchestra from Kiev. Sacramento, CA has large population of Ukrainian from Ukraine-not concert goers. Have been on their last tour concert in Berkeley.CA-no Ukrainen speaker in audience.

        • V. Lind says:

          I’m listening to the impeachment hearings. The Americans apparently think the capital of Ukraine is “Keeve.”

  • ThrownOutOfTheKremlinForSinging says:

    RE: “Ukraine is sending its orchestra to the US. Will Trump go?”

    Is Trump a member of Ukraine’s orchestra?

  • MacroV says:

    Are they doing two US tours? They’re scheduled to play George Mason University in late February.

    It’s these sorts of orchestras I like to hear on tour; not much of a reputation but probably very good; just wish they would dispense with a soloist and play repertoire unique to them.

  • drummerman says:

    Who is this a photo of? Not Olga Kern.

  • Karl says:

    I can’t imagine Trump visiting Troy, NY. I know Kirsten Gillibrand lives there. But I’ve never seen her. If I do I will give her a “Heil Trump!”

    The Hall in Troy where they will play is a really great small venue- 1200 seats but not much leg room. I remember the Russian National Orchestra playing there in 2007 during a massive snowstorm. There were more people in the orchestra than the audience!

    • Gaffney Feskoe says:

      The Troy Music Hall sits above a bank. The hall has a marvelous acoustic and one no less than George Szell was a great admirer of the place.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Olga Kern is a marvelous pianist.
    Trump or no, I hope that she and the orchestra fill all the seats!

  • Vaquero357 says:

    Um, yeah OK: Who’s the woman? She looks happy about her new crystal RCA ribbon mike, but what’s she got to do with this story.

    And why are we tarring news of the orchestra’s tour with tiresome American party politics? Let ’em come and make music for us so we can forget the news headlines!

  • Pete357 says:

    That is a picture of the popular Ukraniain singer, Jamala.