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Toronto Symphony Orchestra Cancels Shows Over Pianist’s Tweets

April 9, 2015

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa. Photo credit: Michael von Aichberger.From Musical Toronto:

In a startling turn of events, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have officially cancelled the upcoming April 8-9, 2015 appearance by Youtube superstar pianist Valentina Lisitsa over tweets expressing her political views

Tweets from Lisitsa, an ethnic Russian born in Ukraine, made comparisons between the Ukrainian government and Nazi Germany. She has claimed the tweets were intended as satire.

But TSO CEO Jeff Melanson recently told Musical Toronto:  “Over the course of the last four months the concern over these deeply offensive and intolerant tweets has built to a chorus of a very large group of Torontonians, of not just Ukrainians. We are in the world’s more ethnically diverse city – a tolerant city.”

Michael Zwiebach is the senior editor/ content manager for SFCV. He assigns all articles and content, manages the writing staff and does editing. A member of SFCV from the beginning, Michael holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of California, Berkeley.