Music of Handel's Messiah Opens Spiritual Doors

Classical pianist discovers new life at art institute in Hungary

Photo courtesy Jonathan Bailey

The gospel didn't really make sense to Ksenia Lubyantseva until the very last day of Crescendo Summer Institute of the Arts in HungaryCrescendo International is a musical branch of Campus Crusade for Christ and active in 10 countries.

The 19-year-old classical pianist from St. Petersburg, Russia, had spent 14 days contemplating Handel's Messiah and improving her keyboard skills with 50 world-renowned European music professors, all Christians.

After discussing faith with a German pianist at the event, coordinated by Crescendo International, Ksenia invited Christ into her life. "I feel that God gave me a new existence, a new body, a new being," says Ksenia.