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"Remembering Slava" - A special event to mark the first anniversary of the death of Mstislav Rostropovich

03.04.2008


On 27 April 2008, the first anniversary of the death of the unique cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, the town of Kronberg and Kronberg Academy will pay special tribute to the world citizen, the tireless defender of democracy and human rights, artist, teacher and promoter of gifted youngsters, Mstislav Rostropovich. Under the patronage of his daughter Elena Rostropovich and the motto "An appointment with Slava", they invite his friends, admirers and the people of Kronberg, which he dubbed the "world capital of the cello" to gather at 6 pm at the bust of Rostropovich in the Schulgarten. The former Interior Minister Otto Schily will give a short speech. David Geringas, Rostropovich's world-famous student, will then play the Sarabande from the Fifth Cello Suite in C Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, just as, in Berlin, Rostropovich played a Bach suite after the fall of the Berlin wall as a moving sign of his joy at the end of separation and the cold war. He will be followed by the Girls' Choir "Liepaites" from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The choir is touring Germany as part of Baltic Year 2008, whose patrons are German President Horst Köhler and the Presidents of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Rostropovich also had roots in the Baltics - his ancestors came from Lithuania and he established a foundation with social objectives in that country.

A benefit concert for the Rostropovich Cello Foundation to support young cellists will begin at 6.30 pm in the Kronberg Municipal Hall (Stadthalle) on the Berliner Platz. Rostropovich established the foundation in Kronberg in 1997 and entrusted it to Kronberg Academy. David Geringas and Tatjana Vassilieva, violoncello, and Tatjana Geringas, piano, will play works by Franz Schubert, Henri Dutilleux, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sergei Prokofiev. We are still EUR 35,000 short of the targeted foundation capital of one million euro. Every euro which is donated at the benefit concert will be added to the foundation capital so that the first scholarships can be awarded in the winter semester 2008/09. After the concert, a reception will be hosted by the Society of Friends of Kronberg Academy.

The bust of Rostropovich in Kronberg's Schulgarten is intended to be a living memorial. Every year on 27 April, the anniversary of the great musician's death, an address by a famous contemporary figure from the world of politics, business or culture will be followed by a brief cello performance. A small plaque with the cellist's name will then be fixed to the memorial stone in front of the bust. In the future every scholarship holder will give a short performance in the Schulgarten to mark the completion of his or her course of study. His or her nameplate will also be fixed to the memorial stone, every scholarship holder thus becoming a link in a chain which carries Rostropovich's legacy into the future.

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