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Benefit Concert for Kosovo Refugees

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  • byakimov@csc.com.au
    Benefit Concert for Kosovo Refugees http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/01newstucture/pagesru/novosti2004/kosovobenefit.html (in Russian) A benefit concert was
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2004
      Benefit Concert for Kosovo Refugees

      (in Russian)

      A benefit concert was held on March 21 at the Antiochian Orthodox Church of
      SS Peter and Paul in Potomac, MD (near Washington, DC), to benefit refugees
      from Kosovo. The concert was organized to help orphaned Serbian children.
      The concert had been planned long before, but recent events lent more
      meaning to the event.The benefit was organized at the initiative of the
      Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Washington, DC. The
      concert was attended by the heir to the throne of Serbia and Montenegro,
      Prince Alexander II, and his wife, Princess Katherine, who head the
      philanthropic society "Lifeline," which helps Serbian orphans. Their Royal
      Highnesses dedicated the concert to the recent victims of Kosovo. In his
      speech, Prince Alexander accused those who inflamed international conflict.

      "For us it is exceedingly important to counterbalance the mobs of
      hooligans, be they Serbs or Albanians. I blame all who destroy churches and
      houses of prayer."

      During the presentation of Princess Katherine, who told of the horrors
      occurring in Kosovo, and of the fate of the children who end up in
      orphanages, many of those who were present were brought to tears.

      "We live in a world which has resources for war," said Princess Katherine,
      "but none for peace." There are strategies for war, but no plans for peace.
      Until we invest our efforts in peace, it will not exist." Her Royal
      Highness went on to say: "Russia and Serbia were always close. Both
      countries endured great sufferings. But, rising to their feet, both Russia
      and Serbia must become an example for the whole world."

      Protopriest Victor Potapov, greeting Prince Alexander, Princess Katherine
      and the audience of clergy and laity, spoke of the close relationship
      between Serbia and Russia and of the hospitality shown to Russian refugees
      by King Alexander and the Serbian Orthodox Church, thanks to which the
      Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia could live and develop freely.
      Fr. Victor recalled the pilgrimage his parish made last October to Serbia,
      and the visit with the Prince and Princess at their palace in Belgrade.

      The choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, under the direction of
      Yu.A. Pecherkin, performed works by Chesnokov, Ledkovsky, Sviridov, Taneeff
      and other composers. Also, Toshiko Kono, one of the ten finest floutists in
      the world, performed a series of Western classical music.

      Toshiko, or Vera, as the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Cathedral
      know her, performed with her mother, the pianist Sumiko Sophia Kono, and
      violinist Dionisia Wilkinson. A song by Tchaikovsky was sung by the famous
      Washington bass, Vladimir Ekzarkhov. A dramatic element was added to the
      concert by the participation of Serbian scholar Branislav Djordjevic, who
      spent many months in an American immigration prison because of the
      carelessness of his attorney. All the performers are parishioners of St.
      John the Baptist Cathedral.
      After the concert, a short moleben was served for the return of peace to

      The evening concluded with a small reception organized by the sisterhood of
      the local Serbian Orthodox church of St. Luke. Over $13,000 was raised for
      the Serbian refugees.
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