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Ukraine Benefit Featuring Russian Ensemble Is Canceled in Vienna

By Javier C. Hernández

11 Apr 2022 · 2 min read

A planned benefit concert in support of Ukraine was canceled in Vienna on Monday amid concerns about the Russian-based ensemble it was to feature, MusicAeterna, which is led by conductor Teodor Currentzis and is supported by a state-owned bank in Russia.

The concert, organized by the Konzerthaus in Vienna, one of Austria’s premier halls, was to take place Tuesday and feature MusicAeterna, which is based in St. Petersburg and is financed in part by VTB Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions. The United States and other Western countries have recently imposed sanctions on the bank because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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