In a suit and body armor: famous pianist Darius Mazhyntas gave a concert in Izyum (photo)
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In April, Darius Mazhyntas gave an open-air concert in Irpin. For his performance in Izyum, he chose the compositions of the Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov.
The famous Lithuanian pianist Darius Mazhyntas on Tuesday, December 13, gave a concert on the Kremenets Hill in the de-occupied Izyum. Hromadske reports about it.
The musician performed compositions from the cycle “Naive Music” by the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.
The choice of repertoire was not accidental.
“With the outbreak of the war, I became more interested in Ukrainian culture, this is how I discovered Sylvestrov. His music contains all of Ukraine, its nature and people,” the Lithuanian pianist explained.
On the mountain, where the “Polovtsian women” (stone sculptures of unique historical value – ed.) damaged during shelling by the Russian military stand a white piano.
Mazhyntas went up to him in a dark suit and bulletproof vest. Despite the problematic weather – that day there was fog and it was dank – the pianist gave a concert for about an hour.
As it became known later, he arrived in Ukraine on the eve of December 13, and spent the night in an old cellar that served as a shelter for local residents.
< p>It should be noted that at the end of April Mazhyntas played Chopin's nocturnes in the open air near the ruined house of culture in Irpin. He called his performance a manifestation of love for Ukraine, deep respect for the Ukrainian defenders and civilians of the city and the country.
Darius Mazhyntas is a Lithuanian pianist and politician, vice president and artistic director of the Canadian Looking at the Foundation Stars (Canadian charity from Toronto – ed.).
Valentin Sylvestrov is a Ukrainian composer, People's Artist of Ukraine, winner of the Shevchenko Prize. The author himself calls his style “meta-music” (“metaphorical music”). The works are dominated by meditative, contemplative moods. The leading place is occupied by the appeal inherent in postmodernism to the styles of past eras.
Focus also wrote that the Ukrainian military played the violin on the front line. Musician Moisey Bondarenko performed the song Someone You Loved in the open air. Before the war, he studied in Kyiv, performed on the streets of the city and at corporate parties.