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World-Famous Pianist Lisitsa Gives Concert in Donetsk Despite Pressure

© AFP 2021 / ANDREW COWIEUkraine-born classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa
Ukraine-born classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa - Sputnik International
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Valentina Lisitsa, the world-famous Ukrainian-born American classical pianist who has faced censure over her strong opposition to Kiev's war in Donbass, gave a concert Monday evening in Donetsk, dedicated to the 74th anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War.

The concert was held at Lenin Comsomol park in Donetsk.

Earlier, Lisitsa told Radio Sputnik that she was very happy to play at the open air concert, because she knows "how much interest and thirst for classical music and for music in general there is among Donbass residents, and I'm very excited to go there."

Asked about whose composers' works she planned to play, Lisitsa noted that it would be "very symbolic to perform Prokofiev, because he is from that region; he was a composer whose roots are [in the Donbass region]" and his music was inspired and influenced by his homeland. Moreover, she plans to play beloved pieces by composers including Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Bach, whose "pieces…unite all of us – that make us feel like one close family."

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