The tour will include concerts, public workshops, seminars, and other intercultural events in major Lithuanian cities, from September 7-23. The Days of Remembrance events are organized by The Jewish Community of Lithuania in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius and Lithuanian social ,religious, and cultural institutions. This tour is a continuum of violinist Borisas Traubas and The American Virtuosi tour accross USA and was dedicated to The Days of Remembrance this April.
Of particular significance, on Sunday, September 23, there will be a nationwide observance of the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the Vilnius Ghetto as part of the National Day of Remembrance of the Genocide of the Jews of Lithuania. The Borowkys performance will be internationally-televised and attended by political and religious leaders from Lithuania, Israel, and other countries. Pope Francis has been invited to attend this event. At this event, they will perform the world-premiere of Lithuanian composer Giedrius Kuprevicius’s work, “The Star of David.”
Other highlights include:
- The Borowskys will be principal performers at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony at the Grand Hall of Kaunas University on Monday, September 10. This ceremony honors non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis.
- Dr. Charles Borowsky, together with Lithuanian speakers, will conduct public symposia: “Reflections on Atrocities against Humanity.”
Recital programs will feature music by American composers and original compositions by the Borowsky Family, all connected to a theme of Days of Remembrance, including, “In Memoriam.” This work was first premiered in Lithuania on June 14, 2013, on the national “Day of Mourning and Hope”, under the auspices of the President of Lithuania.
The Borowsky Family has an extensive history of serving as “musical diplomats” world-wide. Their mission statement is “Music: The Best Bridge for All People,” and they have performed special programs in over forty countries. They have been recognized for their work in the USA and abroad. In 2016, President Obama wrote to them: ”You are bringing the best of the American people around the world.”
Interviews available on request.
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The project is partially financed by the Good Will Foundation implementig Borisas Traubas project No.: GVF-252/2017(2)PR.