By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
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As I with my colleague and two of our students where preparing for their joint recital at the Jesuit's church in Kaunas, we worked hard to set up the registrations and get used to the unfamiliar organ. We started practicing about 2 hours prior the recital and stopped 15 minutes until the event was supposed to start.
We hoped that by now the listeners would start coming in but the church was empty. I went downstairs to check. Well, I thought, who would want to listen to students playing the organ?
I met a priest and chatted with him for a brief moment. being conscious that something isn't right. Was the press release sent ahead of time? Were the posters distributed in various places in town? Organizers assured me that everything was prepared.
Finally I saw the security guard of the church talking on the phone. In his hands he held a bundle of keys. The keys to the church, I realized! The church must be locked. The man finished talking and unlocked the doors. People started pouring in.
We were saved!
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