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Embassy of Sweden House of Sweden EU Presidency Celebration & Ukrainian Music Concert
Celebrate Sweden's EU Presidency with a delightful concert of Ukrainian music performed by Gerdan and a fundraiser for Ukrainian children with welcome remarks by Her Excellency Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, the Ambassador of Sweden to the United States as well as Her Excellency Ambassador Oksana Markarova, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States. The concert is followed by a reception to meet diplomats and International Club of DC members in attendance at the Embassy of Sweden House of Sweden in Georgetown, a Scandinavian architectural masterpiece that embodies Swedish values such as openness, transparency and democracy.
Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 6:00 PM
Embassy of Sweden House of Sweden
2900 K St NW
Washington DC 20007
Business or cocktail attire requested. All guests must be 21 and over.
In celebration of Sweden's EU Presidency, you are cordially invited to a delightful evening of Ukrainian music performed by Gerdan with Grammy winning Dr. Andrei Pidkivka at the Embassy of Sweden - House of Sweden to support Ukrainian children affected by the ongoing conflict.
Your evening begins with welcome remarks by:
Her Excellency Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, the Ambassador of Sweden to the United States.
Her Excellency Ambassador Oksana Markarova, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to enjoy an evening at the Embassy of Sweden - House of Sweden, one of the most magnificent embassies in Washington DC in the heart of Georgetown overlooking the Potomac and iconic monuments. House of Sweden is a physical representation of Swedish values - such as openness, transparency and democracy - and the flagship of Sweden’s public diplomacy in the United States.
The concert by Gerdan offers a sampling of Ukrainian folk music including Gerdan's original arrangements of the songs and instrumental music from different regions of Ukraine. Gerdan's musicians tell the story about the culture and heritage of the Ukrainian people who love freedom.
After the concert enjoy a reception of light hors d'oeuvres as you meet diplomats and International Club of DC members in attendance. Kindly note that the event does not include dinner. Please plan to have dinner before or after the event.
Please note that if the Ambassador is called away for official business, the Deputy Chief of Mission or other diplomat from the Embassy will present the welcome remarks.
#### Silent Auction to Support Ukrainian Children
While attending the event, you will have the opportunity to support a Ukrainian charity caring for Ukrainian children hurt by the conflict. The charity is called “Unbreakable” and provides prosthesis and rehabilitation programs for children hurt by Russia's war against Ukraine. All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated towards the charity.
#### Concert Program:
Solomia Gorokhivska (violin/vocals)
Andrei Pidkivka (ethnic flutes)
Jan Knutson (Guitar)
Gerdan - Kaleidoscope of World Music is a professional music ensemble based in The Greater Washington DC area. Founded by Ukrainian professional duo Solomiya Gorokhivska and Grammy winning Andrei Pidkivka, musicians of Gerdan bring the fire and the edge of melodic ideas and rhythms that capture the listener.
The ensemble is named after Gerdan, a multi-colored, intricately woven beaded necklace from the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. Like this dazzling and exquisite necklace of different colors and shapes, musicians create original arrangements of traditional Ukrainian folk melodies and rhythms that reflect their passion for blending the old with the new, in a style that is fresh, lively, and beautiful. The exclusive collection of the Ukrainian authentic flutes in combination with other traditional and modern instruments create unforgettable musical experience. Gerdan’s musicians have been acknowledged for their technique and exquisite musical presentations performing an exciting Eastern European music repertoire. They reveal their passion for traditional music in their artistic expression to build cultural bridges in time and distance.
* Photo Credit: Embassy of Sweden.
All online reservations are final. We are unable to issue refunds for tickets purchased due to expenses incurred to present the event. Make your reservations early, as space is limited. Cost of reservations is subject to increase as we approach the date of the event.
Event Agenda (May change)
6:00 PM Admission commences.
Concert of Ukrainian music by Gerdan.
Reception after the concert.
Silent auction to benefit Ukrainian charity.
9:00 PM Event concludes.
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