Music of Handel's Messiah Opens Spiritual Doors

Classical pianist discovers new life at art institute in Hungary

By Bill Hunt
handels-messiah-opens-spiritual-doors-465x280.jpg 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.