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Ready for the World Music Series

The University of Tennessee School of Music, in collaboration with the UT Libraries is excited to announce this year's Ready for the World Music Series: Ukraine program on Sunday, February 26, 2023, in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center!

Cultural exhibits, displays, and a reception will begin at 12:30pm in the lobby of the NLHMC, followed by a musical presentation at 2:00pm in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall.

Ready for the World Music Series: Ukraine explores music for violin, clarinet, and piano, with a variety of musical selections representing the rich and diverse classical music culture of Ukraine! This year, we have invited an ensemble of three distinguished musical artists from the Ukraine, including: violinist, Solomia Soroka (recording artist and violin professor, Goshen College); clarinetist, Sergei Vassiliev (D’Addario Artist and Principal Clarinet of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic); and pianist, Angelina Gadeliya (Soloist, piano professor and coordinator of keyboard studies, University of Connecticut). All three are renowned professional musicians with prestigious appointments at universities and professional orchestras in the United States. In the past year, these three musicians have championed the music of their native Ukraine by performing throughout the US to raise awareness of the importance and distinctiveness of Ukrainian music, an inspiring and engaging body of musical literature.

In addition to the rich musical influences each explored, the program will include exhibits by artists from the Ukraine, a display of cultural artifacts and information, as well as refreshments representing culinary traditions.

General Admission: $25 (Sunday's Event Only)
Purchase tickets here.

UT Faculty and Staff: Free

UT Students and Children under 18: Free

Taxes are included in the price of admission.

Funding for this program is made possible by our generous sponsors, which include:

  • University of Tennessee School of Music
  • University of Tennessee Libraries
  • UT Center for Global Engagement (Global Catalyst Programming Grant)
  • The Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation

For more information, please contact Dr. Miroslav Hristov (; 865-974-7535), and/or Nathalie Hristov (; 865-974-9893).

This series will feature free events throughout the weekend. Click here for a full list.

About the RFTW Series

The University of Tennessee’s Ready for the World Music Series ( brings renowned artists to perform and discuss musical styles and literature from diverse regions around the world. In the last several years, we hosted seventeen programs from underrepresented regions, offering an immersive experience of music, art, and culture. In addition to the valuable educational experience these programs have offered our students, the series has enabled us to establish relationships with diverse groups and organizations at the University of Tennessee, as well as the larger East Tennessee community. Our outreach has steadily increased, and we are working with the UT Libraries as well as the Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation and other local cultural heritage organizations in presenting quality exhibits to complement the music program.

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