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International festival of organ music in Rokiškis again with Czech participation

On August 29, 2021, a traditional concert of a Czech organist took place in the Lithuanian town of Rokiškis in the northeastern tip of the country near the Latvian border at the well-established international organ music festival dedicated to the Czech musician, music teacher and organist Rudolf Liehmann, who worked in the town in the 19th century and laid the foundation for the entire then Lithuanian music education.

The concert was performed by a young Czech organist Aleš Nosek, regenschori of the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew in Pilsen, who in a completely crowded neo-Gothic church of St. Mathew in Rokiškis performed compositions J. Klička (Variations on a Symphonic Poem Vyšehrad by B. Smetana), N. de Grigny, J. S. Bach, J. L. Krebs, E. Köhler and in the Lithuanian premiere of the toccata by an appreciated Soviet composer G. A. Muschel.

The concert enjoyed great interest from a receptive audience, and the Czech organist deservedly received long-lasting applause. In his introductory speech, Chargé d'Affaires a. i. of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vilnius Tomáš Vostrý thanked the town of Rokiškis for its long-term support of the festival and the care for the legacy of the Czech native Rudolf Liehmann. The festival director A. Gudgalienč appreciated the support of the Embassy and expressed the wish that the long-term cooperation would continue.

Accompanied by the organist and the festival organizers, T. Vostrý laid a wreath at Rudolf Liehmann's grave in the local cemetery after the concert.

Rokiškis 2021 - Aleš Nosek
Rokiškis 2021 - Aleš Nosek, Tomáš Vostrý
Rokiškis 2021 - Liehmann´s grave