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Previewing upcoming performances by the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

 Elena Dilai appears on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
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Elena Dilai appears on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, January 19, 2023.

Classical 91.5 host and producer Mona Seghatoleslami is our guest host this hour and it’s one you won’t want to miss. The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine will be in Western New York this month. The principal conductor is Theodore Kuchar, who is a faculty member at Houghton University. The orchestra is on a tour that includes 40 concerts in the U.S., including one at Houghton University and one at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater in Rochester. The goal is to carry a message of hope across the world during Russia’s war on Ukraine.

This hour, we preview the performances and discuss the emotions behind them. Plus, we’ll hear about the latest in local efforts to help the people of Ukraine. Our guests:

  • Theodore Kuchar, principal conductor of the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, and professor of orchestral conducting at the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton University 
  • Elena Dilai, board member of RocMaidan 

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Mona Seghatoleslami is the Music Director, host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.
Megan Mack
Megan Mack the producer of Connections with Evan Dawson and Unleashed: The Pet Show. She joined the WXXI News team from WHEC-TV, where she produced newscasts and The Olympic Zone, and from the University of Rochester, where she served as an assistant director of public relations. Her background extends to television sports and entertainment, and to communications and social media management for non-profits.