“It is very family-ish, you realize, this vacation can be a heat vacation and I by no means celebrated it earlier than. I simply love how folks deal with me right here,” Lukyniuk stated.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Ukrainian music scholar finding out on the College of Tennessee celebrated his first American Thanksgiving proper right here in Knoxville.
Markiian Lukyniuk is from Chernivtsi, a metropolis in Western Ukraine. When Russia invaded his dwelling nation 10 months in the past, his instructional alternatives got here to a halt. So, he acquired related with folks on the College of Tennessee and formally turned a scholar a number of months in the past.
On Thursday, Lukyniuk spent Thanksgiving on the dwelling of former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe, a person who as soon as served as a U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine’s neighbor, Poland. He introduced his violin with him, filling the home with the sounds of “Rocky High” and different music.
Lukyniuk stated it has been an ideal expertise celebrating the vacation right here in East Tennessee.
“It is wonderful… I imply, the vibe of Thanksgiving. It is very family-ish, you realize, this vacation can be a heat vacation and I by no means celebrated it earlier than. I simply love how folks deal with me right here,” Lukniuk stated.
Since coming to America, Lukyniuk has been performing concert events highlighting Ukrainian music. He stated he is been capable of increase cash to ship again to his nation to assist these in want.
“That for me is the way in which to assist my nation as a result of I’m not a soldier. I can not battle… I can not, you realize, I do not even know learn how to clear a rifle. So, I understand how to play violin and I understand how to, like, form of contact folks’s hearts and, like, make them pleased with music,” he stated.
Lukyniuk lately held a profit live performance for Ukraine on the Pupil Union on UT’s campus. He stated he has one other upcoming profit live performance on the Style of Ukraine Competition on December tenth in Farragut.