While I was visiting “The shark Lady” at an event for The World Aquarium, I was introduced to Natalia Pechman of Duet West East Unity. Natalia is a Russian immigrant who came to the United States in 2006 and has used her experiences to ease the process of moving to another country for others from Eastern Europe. Julia Sakharova, an accomplished violinist of the internationally acclaimed Arianna Quartet, exemplifies the type of person Natalia wishes to aid. Julia came here with her parents a few years back to further her education. Now engaged, she is a professor at UMSL as well as a violinist. I look forward to seeing her performance in March at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in Saint Louis, MO.
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