The internationally-acclaimed musical Borowsky Family, known also as “The American Virtuosi” (www.TheAmericanVirtuosi.com) toured the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – in May and June 2013. The tour theme was “Music, The Best Bridge for All People” with 24 concerts in major performance venues, universities, churches, synagogues, and community centers. They were also received and honored by public officials, including mayors, ministers of culture, rabbis, archbishops, and representatives of cultural and social organizations.
Their composition, In Memoriam was premiered at Pažaislis Muzikos Festivalis in Kaunas, Lithuania (the foremost Lithuanian summer music festival) and repeated in several other Lithuanian cities. Audiences and critics praised The American Virtuosi for their powerful presentation in honor of the victims of the Soviet and Nazi oppressions in the Baltic States. The emotionally-stirring performance brought the audience from tears to spontaneous standing ovation, also holding hands in tribute to the famed Singing Revolution.
The President of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, Simonas Gurevičius, expressed his gratitude for the concert in Vilnius: “Indeed, music is the best bridge for all people. It was an absolute privilege and honor for me to meet all of you and listen to your wonderful performance. You – The American Virtuosi – have made a tremendous contribution to inspire people to overcome prejudice against each other.”
The tour was organized under the auspices of Intermuse Performing Artists Bureau and the International Friends of Music Association, together with the U.S. Embassy of Estonia, the Joint Baltic American National Committee, and respective universities, cities, churches, and synagogues.