BRATTLEBORO -- Conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn will discuss the writing of his father Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and their family’s life in Cavendish in the 1980s in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. His talk, "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Writing the Red Wheel in Vermont," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Solzhenitsyn will recollect his father’s painstaking crafting of the "Red Wheel" -- a history of the Russian Revolution -- and his family’s life in Cavendish during Solzhenitsyn’s exile from the Soviet Union.

Ignat Solzhenitsyn was born in Moscow in 1972, the middle son of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. A conductor, Solzhenitsyn has led the symphonies of Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Toledo and Toronto, as well as many of the major orchestras in Russia. In addition to his recital appearances in the United States, Solzhenitsyn has also given numerous recitals in Europe and the Far East in such major musical centers as London, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo, and Sydney. A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Solzhenitsyn serves on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. He has been featured on many radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC’s Nightline. Solzhenitsyn resides in New York City with his wife and three children.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide.

"Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Writing the Red Wheel in Vermont" is sponsored by Russian Life magazine. Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Downs Rachlin Martin, Attorneys at Law, Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, New Chapter, Inc., and The Vermont Country Store.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or or visit