A few months ago, we had the opportunity to help a Ukrainian family, friends of Viktor & Yuliia Billa, travel to the United States. They will perform a music service at our church on February 26.
Thanks to the willingness and generous help of the congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Ramazanov family from Ukraine is now settled in America. (Ramazanov family is pictured in the photo above.)
Ruslan is a loving husband and kind father and also a highly professional pianist. After his family, music is the biggest passion in his life. In Ukraine, Ruslan taught piano and played recitals in many concert halls as a soloist and collaborative pianist. He was also a collaborative pianist in the residency of the Chernivtsi State Philharmonic Hall.
Ruslan’s wife, Olga, graduated as a social worker. She devoted the last few years to raising her children. Their sons, Vladyslav (11 years old) and Robert (8 years old), are also big music lovers. Both boys studied violin and piano in Ukraine. Vlad won prizes in violin competitions several times. Vlad and Robert also play chess. They took part in chess competitions several times and won. In addition, twice since the beginning of the war, the boys have participated in charity tournaments to raise funds for the Ukrainian army.
During the three months that Ruslan has been in the USA, he has had several concerts in Quincy, and he is delighted with the incredible sounds of grand pianos here in America.
The Ramazanov family is very grateful to the McCoy family from Quincy, who offered them a house. They also expressed their incredible gratefulness and thankfulness to Trinity United Methodist Church for providing plane tickets from Ukraine to America and for help in getting a car and covering repairs expenses. Also, Olga is very grateful for the opportunity to have a job here at Trinity Preschool and for the excellent experience of working with a wonderful preschool team. Finally, at this time, Ruslan is so excited to share with you his talent through music. His oldest son, Vlad, will join him on the violin. Please come and join us on Sunday, February 26, for this gratitude service from the Ramazanov family. Service music will include piano solo masterworks by Chopin, Ravel, and other great composers.