A Musical Show Of Support For Ukraine Around The World


On Thursday March 10th, public radio stations around the world, including NWPB, will air Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Choral” in support of Ukraine’s public broadcasting system. The project is called “Public Radio Together – Ode To Peace”.

Despite the attack on Ukraine by Russia, Ukraine’s UA:PBC continues to broadcast vital information to Ukrainians and the world.

Many European public broadcasters have been aiding UA:PBC with technical support and by retransmitting their programming. The idea for playing the 9th Symphony came from Romania’s public broadcasting system and quickly spread. The final movement of the symphony, “Ode to Joy” is considered a symbol against war and tyranny.

The project initiator, Cristina Comandasu, Editor-in-Chief, Radio România Muzical, says the following:

“In difficult times, we need to remember the symbols of the best of what we are and what we stand for. And what better symbol than one of the masterpieces of the human creative mind, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with its connection to the notions of brotherhood and peace? For the last 50 years, it has been an anthem for the European Union, which seeks to uphold the value of each human life, whoever that person may be. Whether you listen to the entire symphony or only its last movement, it will bind you to the values that underpin the society we live in and which some are dying to defend.”

NWPB’s Gigi Yellen is hosting the music on Thursday afternoon, and will air the symphony before All Things Considered starting around 2:45 p.m.

In conjunction with the playing of the symphony, people are being asked to do what they can to help the people of Ukraine. Below are links to several PNW organizations providing aid and support to Ukraine.