Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra ends its tour in New York City and Washington, D.C. The ensemble of top Ukrainian musicians, including recent refugees, is wrapping up a whirlwind tour with performances in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Home is never far for the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, even when touring in the U.S.

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LEILA FADEL, HOST:

A group of musical ambassadors is completing a whirlwind tour of Europe and the U.S.

(SOUNDBITE OF UKRAINIAN FREEDOM ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE OF BRAHMS' "SYMPHONY NO. 4 - III. ALLEGRO GIOCOSO")

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Oh, that sounds great. It is the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra. This is an ad hoc group of Ukrainian residents and refugees performing the finale of Brahms' fourth symphony.

ROKSOLANA DUBOVA: I want the whole world to hear through music that we want to live in our beautiful and free country.

INSKEEP: Roksolana Dubova is one of the violists.

DUBOVA: My participation in this project will be dedicated to the Ukrainian people and also to those Ukrainian people who died as a result of the Russian invasion of my land.

(SOUNDBITE OF UKRAINIAN FREEDOM ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE OF BRAHMS' "SYMPHONY NO. 4 - III. ALLEGRO GIOCOSO")

FADEL: The musicians started performing in Warsaw, then went onto the BBC Proms in the U.K. and a festival in Amsterdam before arriving in the U.S.

INSKEEP: Where they are finishing a two-night stand at New York's Lincoln Center tonight. Tomorrow, they take the stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., before returning home. The people who are playing include Oleg Moroz.

OLEG MOROZ: I'd like to devote our concert tour to all the people who defend my country, its sovereignty, those who support the Ukrainians in this horrible war. I am for peace in all the world. I believe that music will help us, too. Slava Ukraini.

FADEL: Some members of the ensemble drape themselves in the Ukrainian flag while playing their national anthem at each concert.

(SOUNDBITE OF VERBYTSKY'S "STATE ANTHEM OF UKRAINE")

INSKEEP: One of the people you're hearing there is Inna Vorobets, a flutist.

INNA VOROBETS: Our main task as the members of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra is to show that we have very brilliant Ukrainian cultural heritage. And it need to be heard. And it need to be seen.

FADEL: The orchestra was formed in collaboration with the Polish National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, which provided the recordings you're hearing.

(SOUNDBITE OF VALENTIN SILVESTROV'S "SYMPHONY NO. 7")

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