By Elisabeth Ford | The Long Island Advocate | April 5, 2022
Featured image: Paloma Ferrante performing on cello at the Concert for Peace fundraiser at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove March 27. // Screenshot by Elisabeth Ford/Long Island Advocate
As Hannah Godonskii’s velvet soprano voice echoed through the music hall filled with tear-stained faces, she prayed for the safety of her mother and father in a tattered Ukraine. “Mom, dad, I hope you see me now,” she muttered under cries. As she brought music to the audience, she sang for her culture, for her family and with an irrefutable love for her home country.
“It’s now or never,” said Godonskii at the Concert for Peace fundraiser on March 27 at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove. The benefit concert spotlighted Ukrainian classical music and operas to raise money for United Ukrainian American Relief Committee Inc., a nonprofit focused on providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.