It’s Solzhenitsyn on Solzhenitsyn at library


BRATTLEBORO -- Pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn will give a talk titled "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Writing the Red Wheel in Vermont" on Friday at 7 p.m., in the Main Room of Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.

The talk is a rescheduled Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays series event 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 including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Moscow Symphony and others.

In addition to his recital appearances in the United States, Solzhenitsyn has also given numerous recitals in Europe and the Far East. 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. He resides in New York City with his wife and three children.

The program is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Writing the Red Wheel in Vermont" is sponsored by Russian Life magazine.

For more information, call 802-254-5290 ext. 0, e-mail, or visit

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. The next Brattleboro talk is Wednesday, May 7, with Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and author Tom Powers examining America’s not always successful attempts between the Cold War and today to find the right balance in foreign policy between soft power and military might.

On Wednesday. April 2, the Vermont Humanities Council will be screening documentary, "The Address," with award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. The event will take place at 7 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre. That event is sold out.


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