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Ukrainian concert pianist Anna Sagalova returns to annual LunarFest Vancouver concert at Orpheum Theatre

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Anna Sagalova has performed as a soloist with symphonies in many countries.

The LunarFest Vancouver motto, “Born to Be Free”, takes on special meaning at its annual concert. In welcoming the Year of the Dragon, it will present Ukrainian concert pianist Anna Sagalova. The star soloist had to flee Kharkiv after Russia invaded her country in 2022.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (October 13) at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.

Sagalova, who’s now based in Vancouver, is an associate professor at Kharkiv National University of Arts. She’s been designated as an Honoured Artist of Ukraine. Moreover, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras across Ukraine as well as in the United States, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Austria.

In addition, Sagalova is artistic director of the international musical art contest Kharkiv Assemblies. She co-founded of Music Against Cancer.

In an interview on Vanclassicalmusic.com, Sagalova said that she had to move into the basement of her home on the first day of the war because of Russian artillery fire.

“Air raids started the next day,” she told the website. “Planes were constantly flying above us, and there were explosions everywhere. It felt like you are in an open field, planes are flying directly above, aiming at you, and it is a miracle they missed.”

She left the city with her husband and son on a bus, taking three days to reach Lviv in western Ukraine.

Anna Sagalova performed Grand Polonaise last year with Harmonia.

Sagalova will be joined by local musicians

Sagalova made her first appearance at a LunarFest Vancouver concert last year. Accompanied by Harmonia String Ensemble, she performed a renowned Frédéric Chopin piece: Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22.

Harmonia will also return for this year’s LunarFest Vancouver concert. As well, the West Vancouver Youth Band will make another appearance.

Two other musicians will be on-stage at the Orpheum Theatre. Vancouver singer-songwriters Daniel Lew and Van Lefan will perform original songs as a result of a partnership with the Jade Music Fest.

Watch Van Lefan’s video for “The Lesson”.

LunarFest Vancouver will present its annual concert in partnership with the Jade Music Fest. It begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (February 13) at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.

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