Last Saturday Vidas and I went to the vigil service at Vilnius Reformed church for our colleague organist Gražina Petrauskaitė (1971-2023) who died earlier that week after grave illness. She was their organist for almost 20 years. Yesterday was her funeral. She was a brave woman and told about her problems almost to no one, was planning to play quite a few concerts this summer. Probably this was her way to stay optimistic and positive and do her art no matter what. Entire organist community in Lithuania is shocked and deeply saddened by this loss. Gražina played solo and chamber music concerts at our VU St. John's church on multiple occasions throughout the years. She will be sorely missed and will always be remembered as a wonderful human being, a friendly colleague, a productive artist and a very creative person in general whose private life was always private. May she rest in peace...
The organists who came to say farewell to Gražina were asked to play some organ music on the Reformed church's small 5 stop Positive Paul Ott organ. So today I'd like to share with you my rendition of Largo by George Frideric Handel. Hope you will enjoy it!
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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