- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) - For weeks, Solomia Soroka focused on events in her former homeland, Ukraine, where a revolution suddenly turned into an invasion by Russia.

She’s used Skype, phone calls and email for updates from her family in western Ukraine and followed news accounts that began with friendly protests, followed by a bloody revolution and then Vladimir Putin’s orchestrated annexation of Crimea.

The rapidly changing turn of events, she said, have left her distracted from work and unable to sleep.

But on Saturday night, the Goshen College music professor and violinist will channel her energies for the good of the Ukrainian people when she and her husband, pianist Arthur Greene, perform a recital.

Free-will offerings from the performance will be sent to a foundation created by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church to assist victims of the revolution.

Her selections Saturday will feature exclusive Ukrainian music, including works by Maxim Berezovsky, Mykola Lysenko and Myroslav Skoryk, The Elkhart Truth reported (http://bit.ly/1dcSRXg ).

Soroka said she’ll talk about the music and a little about current events, but she will limit those to avoid politicizing the night of music.

“I want people to know the truth of the revolution and the beauty of the revolution and the desire of people just to live normally and what we in the United States take for granted,” Soroka said while sitting in her office Tuesday morning in the college’s music center.

While Soroka works at Goshen College, she and her husband live in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he is a professor of piano at the University of Michigan.

As the revolution began to unfold, Soroka organized an effort in Ann Arbor to send money to the Red Cross.

Goshen’s recital, though, is one of three that will be used to raise money for the foundation. She and Greene also recently performed in Detroit and will travel to Ann Arbor on March 29 for another show.

She said some of her cousins and friends participated in the protests in Kiev. While none of them were killed or injured, the violence has been difficult for her.

“I wanted to help. I felt very helpless and I felt guilty that I’m here and they are standing there and losing their life defending,” she said.

The aftermath that included a widely disputed referendum and Putin’s claim Tuesday of control of Crimea added to the anguish.

“Today was a very depressing morning for me because of Putin’s speech and . because of the inactivity of the west and the United States and NATO.”

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