Spokane Symphony plays Ukraine national anthem before concert

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Symphony is showing solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

The Spokane Symphony opened its Masterworks 6 concerts last weekend by playing the Ukraine national anthem. The anthem was met with tons of applause and a standing ovation on Saturday.

“We’re playing the Ukraine national anthem in solidarity with people who are dying in Ukraine,” said Spokane Symphony’s Music Director James Lowe.

He also quoted notable composer Leonard Bernstein, saying, “This is our reply to violence—to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than before.”

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