Sacred Land: Songs and Poems of Resilience from Ukraine

Led by celebrated producer, conductor and actor, Marika Kuzma, this unique live performance conveys a portrait of Ukraine not limited to destruction and conflict, but as a country of great cultural beauty and breadth. Experience projected images of the varied Ukrainian landscape, paired with soulful and colorful sacred and secular choral music spanning several centuries sung by Ensemble Cherubim, and interwoven with Ukrainian poetry. The 80-minute long concert is a true celebration of Ukrainian creativity and resilience.


Marika Kuzma

I have enjoyed a multifaceted career as a musician: concerts in prestigious venues, collaborations with internationally renowned orchestras, workshops with choirs of all sizes, and teaching one-on-one. Each aspect of my work informs the other, and I aim to create beautiful, meaningful, and memorable experiences with singers, instrumentalists, and fellow artists at all levels of expertise.

As a Conductor, I have led performances of professional and amateur ensembles across the United States and Canada. My repertoire ranges from the chant of Hildegard to the Bach B minor Mass to the Verdi Requiem to Stravinsky Les noces to premieres of works by living composers. Among the venues where I have performed are Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA; the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.; Stephansdom in Vienna, Austria. Currently, I am most interested in leading projects that combine various art forms and creating events that raise awareness of societal issues.

As a Chorus Master, I have prepared choirs for leading conductors of my generation and rising stars of the current generation. I have collaborated with artists such as Joana Carneiro and the Berkeley Symphony, Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra; the Mark Morris Dance Group; Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal. Many of these collaborations have received enthusiastic reviewsin the New York Times, Le Devoir, Opera News, San Francisco Chronicle, etc.