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2010 Programs and Events

U.S. Musicians Share with Belarusians Their Passion for New Music

Christina Fong performing at Belarusian State Philharmonic

Christina Fong performing at Belarusian State Philharmonic

The Belarusian audience gave a warm welcome to Christina Fong and Michael Kornacki of Grand Rapids Symphony, who took part in the Music Night Festival sponsored by the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society on June 23.  The eclectic program of a one-day festival brought together musicians representing various genres of contemporary music and dance from Belarus, Poland, and the United States.  Christina Fong, leading performer of new music on the violin and viola, and Michael Kornacki, one of west Michigan's most sought out clarinetists, shared with the audience of over 500 their passion for the works by Hovahness, Cage, Pärt, Feldman, and Glass.  The American musicians performed several pieces in duet and in trio with the Belarusian pianists Alexander Polyakov and Sergey Mikulik, thus proving that the language of music has no barriers and several hours of joint rehearsals can result in an outstanding creative collaboration truly appreciated by Minsk music lovers.

Along with participating in the Music Night program, the U.S. musicians gave a master class to 20 violin and clarinet students and faculty at the Belarusian State Academy of Music.  Ms. Fong and Mr. Kornacki had a chance to hear the play of young Belarusian musicians and commented on their high level of performance. 

The Embassy Minsk was pleased to support the visit of the two U.S. symphony musicians who gladly shared with the Belarusian audience their unique experience in teaching and performing the new music.