Sunday, April 23, 2023


It’s been [over] a year since Russia invaded Ukraine. Much of the infrastructure has been destroyed and people are suffering. We will remember that unhappy anniversary and support the internally and externally displaced people of  Ukraine.

Many local musicians and choirs (eight so far) are donating their time and talent and will showcase music from classic to jazz to broadway. Come and support the cause, while being treated to some great music, with a reception to follow.

Masks will be required during the concert. Reservations are not necessary.

A freewill offering for Lutheran World Relief and their relief efforts for the people of Ukraine will be collected.

Press Release to The Union by Carrie McDowall, (916) 761-9202 or 

Musicians For Peace to hold Ukraine Benefit Concert at Peace Lutheran Church

Musicians for Peace Lutheran Church, a collaborative of Nevada County’s sterling professional musicians, is offering an exceptional concert to again show Ukraine that the people in western Nevada County want to help.

“One of our missions at Peace Lutheran is to help those in need,” said Walt Strony, artistic advisor for Arts@Peace, the producer of events at PLC.  “We have found that this community also wants to help. A few years ago, we held a benefit concert for victims of the Houston flood. Numerous musicians donated their talents, and the public supported it in a big way – both by their attendance and their contributions. Last May, the first Ukraine Benefit Concert was held, again with all professional talent donated. The concert was a tremendous success and showed Nevada County’s compassion and willing financial support for Ukraine. As Russia has not relented in their attack, we have come together again as  ‘Musicians for Peace’ to benefit this brave country.”

Performances will include those by the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, George Husaruk director, including a piece Maestro Husaruk has composed for Ukraine, the land of his heritage. Husaruk will also perform solo pieces on flute. Also featured will be baritone Eric Howe; pianist Ken Hardin, Artistic Director for InConcert Sierra; classical pianist Toby Thomas-Rose; and the saxophone-piano duo Paul Trethaway and Lynda Snyder.

Those that have attended other Peace concerts will look forward to hearing organist and entertainer Thom Greathouse performing one of his popular cabaret sets. And no Peace concert would be complete without Walt Strony playing Peace’s new pipe/digital organ, purchased with community support and honoring the memory of the late Music in the Mountains co-founder Paul Perry.

“We like to include lots of variety in our concerts, and this event will be no exception,” said Strony.

Admission will be by donation; no gift is too small to make a difference. All donations will be sent to Lutheran World Relief, earmarked for Ukraine Relief; checks may be made out to that organization. Lutheran World Relief is funded entirely by the Lutheran Church, so none of the money collected will be used for administration costs. A video providing Information on this nonprofit organization’s response to the Ukraine crisis and the difference your donation can make can be found at the Lutheran World Relief Website:

A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the concert, when the audience can meet the musicians. Masks will be required due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

Peace Lutheran Church is located at 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. More Info:; Office: 530/273-9631

Photo courtesy of Lutheran World Relief