Local high school student shows support for Ukraine through music

Local high school student shows support for Ukraine through music

COLORADO SPRINGS — A local high school student hopes to continue the conversation about the war in Ukraine, and he’s doing it through music.

Atticus Wei, 14, recorded and edited a 22-minute film, featuring local Ukrainian musicians and shedding light on the war taking place overseas. He is himself a musician and plays the piano.

The virtual concert was presented at Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wei was there to let the public know about the film and the ways they can help support Ukrainian refugees.

“Near the start of the war, I saw a news program about the carnage that was happening in Ukraine, and I really wanted to help,” Atticus said. “I think war impacts everyone, everyone in the world on some level. It is the largest refugee event since World War II.

His passion for music turned into a passion for raising awareness of the war in Ukraine and shedding light on the ongoing war abroad.

The Cheyenne Mountain High School sophomore then contacted Sergei Vasiliev. He is a local Ukrainian musician, whose family was in the war zone when the war started. Vasiliev also started his own fundraising effort to send funds and money to Ukrainian refugees.

“The war has just changed everything. It kind of turned everything upside down,” said Vasiliev, who mentioned that his whole family was in Kharkiv or just outside the city. “It went from zero to 100 in one day, like one day everything was peaceful, and the next day shelling and shelling and you’re in bomb shelters.”

Vasiliev is also the principal clarinetist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. He is now one of the Ukrainian musicians featured in the Virtual Concert for Ukraine and says the fight is not over.

“We have to keep helping because the fight is just as hot as day one. And in some ways it becomes even more desperate and help is very, very much needed. So we must continue to help. And for me, as a Ukrainian, I feel it is my duty to shed some light on this.

Atticus recorded and edited the film in just a few weeks. As of this writing, it has over 3,600 views on YouTube.

“I saw the movie he made, and I was like, ‘wow, that’s very impressive,'” Vassiliev said. “I’m just really proud of our Colorado sources, young people who, you know, are making a difference. This is the kind of world we want to live in.

As the fight continues overseas, the conversation in Colorado Springs continues as well. Atticus hopes his film will keep the conversation going and encourage people to donate to a cause like Vasiliev’s.

“I just want people to see the video and basically know what’s going on and how they can help,” Atticus said.

Atticus also became an intern and apprentice for the Epic Music series, of which Vasiliev is the artistic director.

The virtual concert also features a Denver-based Ukrainian musician, whose name is Susanna Eglington. She plays the bandura, which is the national instrument of Ukraine. She also accompanied John Legend to the Grammy’s this year.

Click on here to see the virtual concert. Click on here for more information on Vasiliev’s fundraising effort.

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