Prodigy’s success evokes tragedy of Shoah - Your Voice

Prodigy’s success evokes tragedy of Shoah

BARBARA RUSSEK | Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 am

It was one of nature’s minor miracles that I was able to attend l4-year-old Jewish piano virtuoso Ethan Bortnick’s concert on Sunday, March 29 at the Tucson Music Hall. With my extreme heat sensitivity and the forecast high an unseasonable 93 degrees, my hope to attend his performance was dimming. By mid-morning that day, clouds started to move in. The concert began at 2 p.m. and I was there – to listen, to enjoy, to be inspired.

Ethan’s grandparents, along with their children, including Ethan’s parents, emigrated from Ukraine to the United States, where this young musical genius has been amazing audiences since before his feet could touch the pedals on the piano.

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