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A Russian-born Linfield music professor from Sherwood is coordinating the event

COURTESY FILE PHOTO: NADENE LECHEMINANTI/LINFIELD COLLEGE - BELOVLocal vocalists and musicians, including a Sherwood resident who was born in the former Soviet Union, will perform Saturday in a benefit concert at Portland's Old Church Concert Hall with proceeds going to send medical supplies into Ukranian war zones. The Accent Network, which helps immigrants and refugees integrate into Oregon and southwest Washington communities, is forwarding those supplies.

Musicians United for Ukraine will perform beginning at 8 pm. at the hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave.

The program will feature music of hope, grief and solace.

The evening will feature the works of Ukrainian composers Mykola Lysenko, Miroslav Skoryk, Boris Lyatoshinsky and Elena Gnatovskaya.

"In times like these, we, musicians and artists must raise our voices," Anton Belov, a Russian American, who is a professor of music at Linfield University, wrote in a release announcing the event. A Sherwood resident since 2011, Belov said he's watched the war in Ukraine unfold with "horror, grief and outrage."

"How can this fratricidal war be allowed to happen?" Belov wrote in the release. "How can bombs and rockets be tearing through residential areas, hospitals, even theaters full of sheltering civilians? I feel like the country of my birth has turned into a bully, a monster, no longer recognizable!"

Belov grew up in Moscow at the end of the Cold War and arrived in the United States when he was 16. He received his visa in 1993, just as Russian tanks filled the street during the Russian constitutional crisis.

The Saturday evening event includes performances by Daniel Mobbs, bass baritone; Adam La Motte, violin; Richard Zeller, baritone; Hannah Penn, mezzo soprano; Belov, baritone; Brennen Guillory, tenor; Julie Cross, mezzo soprano; Eric Alterman, cello; Joan Paddock, trumpet; Heather Blackburn, cello; Asya Gulua, piano; and Sequoia, piano.

Tickets are $25 each.


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