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David Byrne at The Stissing Center: Support Ukraine at dual concerts

TRI-STATE REGION — On Saturday, June 4, Dumka and Young Dumka Ukrainian Chorus of New York will perform at the Salisbury School’s Chapel at 251 Canaan Road in Salisbury, Conn., from 6 to 8 p.m.

The concert will be able to accommodate approximately 300 people. Tickets are $95 a person. To purchase tickets, go to www.eventcombo.com.

The fundraiser is being organized thanks to the efforts of Millerton resident André Wlodar’s United for Ukraine organization, to help the people from that war-torn nation under attack by Russia.

Proceeds will go toward efforts by Dumka Choir to help Ukraine via the Ukrainian Central Bank.

Wlodar has local headquarters at the Garage Galleri at 2 Main St. in Millerton, where merchandise in support of the Ukrainian people is being sold to support those impacted by the war there.

For details and to learn of weekend hours and hours by-appointment, call 786-282-2495 or 917-292 7750.

David Byrne at TSC

Wlodar also has plans for another concert that weekend, on Sunday, June 5, with David Byrne performing at The Stissing Center in Pine Plains.

The Scottish-born lead singer of the iconic American rock band the Talking Heads will appear with the Korinya Ukrainian Folk Band and Estonian Diplomat Eerik Niiles Kroos from 1 to 4 p.m. in what is being described as “an inspirational mix of music, food, speech and generosity.”

The concert at The Stissing Center, located at 2950 Church St. in Pine Plains, is in support of the nonprofit Sunflower of Peace, an “organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion,” according to its website, www.sunflowerofpeace.com.

For more information on the concert, go to www.thestissingcenter.org or call 518-771-3340

The Talking Heads was formed back in 1975 in New York City. The band wrote and performed such hits as “Psycho Killer” and “Take Me to the River.”

The band broke up in 1991, but as of 2022, some of the bandmates were back on tour.

In 2018, Byrne released a studio album entitled “American Utopia,” written with longtime collaborator Brian Eno.

The next year, Byrne adapted the album into an eponymous stage show. It opened in 2019 following a number of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Byrne performed along with an 11-piece band in “American Utopia” at the St. James Theatre on Broadway until it went dark on April 3. Fans may still see the performance thanks to director Spike Lee, whose filmed version is currently streaming on HBO Max.

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