On April 11 at 7 p.m., Shippensburg University will host a concert by acclaimed musicians, violinist Borisas Traubas and “The American Virtuosi.” The program will feature Lithuanian and Jewish music in honor of Days of Remembrance, an annual eight-day Holocaust memorial period established by U.S. Congress.
Traubas is an active champion of Jewish culture in Lithuania. He is the founder of the ensembles Jerusalem of Lithuania and The Baltica Trio, which present Jewish music on programs throughout Europe.
As principal violinist and assistant to the conductor of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra for more than 40 years, Traubas has performed with renowned musicians including Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Timofei Dokshizer, Gidon Kremer and David Geringas.
“The American Virtuosi,” called "the von Trapp Family of Baltimore" have performed nationally and internationally — successfully fusing classical style with their own imaginative compositions.
They have extensively toured throughout the Eastern and Western world, captivating audiences in over 80 countries, most recently Lithuania, Malta, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Germany, Israel and Cuba. They also have performed at world-celebrated cultural landmarks, including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the China Concert Hall of Tianjin.
“The American Virtuosi” was also invited to be special guests at important events such as the UNESCO and International Music Council conference on “Local Music Heritage in the Age of Globalization” in Amman, Jordan; World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany; and the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
“The America Virtuosi’s” discography includes seven CDs and two DVDs.
This event is part of a two-week U.S. concert tour.