Honoring Lithuania’s Freedom Fighters

June 10, 2018 | 3:00 PM Hatch Recital Hall
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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania’s independence, this concert will honor Lithuania’s freedom fighters who struggled so bravely to restore independence.

Juozas Jakavonis, one of the last living freedom fighters will be a guest speaker and honoree. Born 92 years ago in the village of Kasciunai, Lithuania, Mr. Jakavonis was imprisoned and tortured by the KGB and exiled to Siberia for thirteen years. His faith and inner strength enabled him to survive these horrors until his return to Lithuania. For service and sacrifice for his country, Mr. Jakavonis has been honored with Lithuania’s highest award – Vyties Kryzius.

Liudas Mikalauskas is currently a soloist with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Considered one of the leading bass-baritones of his generation, Mr. Mikalauskas has sung roles in such productions as the Grande Inquisitore and Monk in Don Carlo, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Basilio and Bartolo in G. Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mephistopheles in Ch. Gounod’s Faust and Papageno in Mozart’s Zauberflote. Highly in demand as a soloist, he has sung with orchestras around the world and most recently with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In 2009, he received his Bachelors Degree from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and in 20ll, two Masters Degrees from the Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy. He is also one of the founders and directors of the Taurage Vocal Music Festival held each summer in Lithuania.