Music performs on in Kharkiv underneath Russia bombardment

Russian bombs fall every day on Kharkiv for the reason that invasion of Ukraine, however time stood nonetheless briefly on Saturday as a gaggle of Ukrainian musicians moved listeners with a classical live performance. Three violinists, a cellist and a bass participant delighted an viewers of some dozen individuals for half an hour in one of many largest subway stations in Ukraine’s second metropolis, near the Russian border. Underground and protected against rockets and missiles, the musicians, aged 20-35, performed the nationwide anthem and a number of other tunes from in style Ukrainian folklore.

The enraptured listeners had been displaced individuals, having fun with the live performance happening on a marble staircase. They’ve been dwelling within the station for the reason that invasion started on February 24, fleeing the battle above and sleeping in outdated wagons. “When our coronary heart is full, it helps us overcome troublesome instances,” stated Sergiy Politutchy, director of Kharkiv Music Fest, one of the prestigious music festivals in Ukraine. The live performance was his thought, organized on the identical day that the annual occasion would have begun.

Regardless of the sounds of battle, “music doesn’t cease”, he stated. “This mini live performance is a logo that mild will overcome darkness, that the reality will conquer lies… the group was a bit sophisticated due to safety, however we made it!” The musicians thrilled the viewers with an extract from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in addition to Dvorak’s humoresques. They then performed a tune by Myroslav Skoryk-a Ukrainian composer who died in 2020 — which is usually utilized by President Volodymyr Zelensky in his movies and messages posted on social media.

‘Proper observe’

Protected by armed guards, Kharkiv governor Oleg Sinegubov and town’s mayor Igor Terekhov additionally attended the recital. “A month in the past, we couldn’t have imagined that our troopers and our troopers may, hand in hand, defend town,” Terekhov stated. “In instances of battle, we work all collectively for victory, this live performance exhibits that we’re heading in the right direction,” he added. Movies {of professional} cellist, Denys Karachevtsev, have been shared on social media the place he performs in entrance of buildings destroyed by bombs, magical moments between horrifying durations of ferocious Russian bombing.

“It was simply an thought, to be helpful to my individuals, my nation and my hometown. I like this metropolis, its residents. Something I can do to assist, I’ll do it,” he advised AFP. “Folks inform me my movies carry just a little normality again to their lives. It’s essential at this second… We aren’t scared, we’re robust, and everybody might help in their very own manner,” he added. Different Ukrainian musicians have additionally shared clips of hope on social media.

Violinist Vera Lytovchenko in her shelter in Kharkiv, pianist Irina Maniukina in her broken dwelling close to Kyiv or different members of the opera in Odessa, in entrance of their rooms protected by sandbags. “Everybody got here to my home for a single rehearsal,” beamed Tatiana Chukh, one of many violinists who carried out on the subway live performance. “Within the first few days of the battle, there was silence inside me. Then I understood that we should proceed to dwell, for our beliefs, for our nation, for our future,” she added. “Taking part in our devices is what we all know finest, we’ll do that in all circumstances,” she stated, including with a giant smile and misty eyes: “Perhaps it was one of the best live performance of my life.”-AFP

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