It's the music that matters to conductor Valery Gergiev, but these days politics keeps entering the picture

February 24, 2015 1:09 PM

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Leaving the Metropolitan Opera recently after hearing Valery Gergiev conduct Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" and Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle," I walked past a handful of shivering Ukrainian activists standing in the frigid cold on the sidewalk. They waved banners reading "GERGIEV supports WAR in UKRAINE" and "DON'T PLAY PUTIN'S TUNE."

The most prominent Russian artist of our time, Gergiev has also become the most controversial because of his support for Vladimir Putin's policies in Ukraine and Crimea.

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