Admiring words from Russian listeners of the guitarist Aaron Larget Caplan
Admiring words from Russian listeners, students of Professor Tatiana Kholostova from the Baltic State Technical University in St. Petersburg. Many of them came up to me (Ludmilla) after the concerts at the House of International Collaboration ("Dom Druzhby") and at the Composers Association, and told me that they LOVED Aaron's guitar playing. Here are two written ones, in Russian (my translation is provided below)
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….. Сказать Вам спасибо за приобщение к культуре. Благодаря Вам я первый раз сходил (на) концерт классической музыки. Не ожидал такого впечатления! Это превзошло все мои ожидания!
"I would like to thank you so much for opening the culture for me. Thanks to you, [Professor Kholostova], I, for the first (!) time in my life went to the concernt of calssical music. I did not expect anything like that! It surpassed all my expectations!
Блажевич В.В. Е 413
Vladimir Blazhevich, department of engineering, sophomore
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….. С благодарностью хочется отметить обеспечение прохода на музыкальный концерт. В частности, говорю «спасибо» за возможность послушать потрясающего гитариста Аарона Ларжета-Каплана.
"...I am writing to you [Professor Kholostova] with gratitude for arranging for me to attend the musical concert. In particular, I would like to say "Spasibo" (thank you) for the opportunity to hear an awesome guitarist Aaron Larget Caplan.
Попелков Сергей Е-421
Sergei Popelkov, department of engineering, freshman
Anne and Guila Kessous
To all and especially to our dear Ludmilla,
We came back to France safely and we wanted to thank you again of this wonderful trip to Moscow and St Petersburg.
We will keep incredible memories of this journey and of the quality of the programs as well as the people we have met here.
Thank you again for everything and all the very best to all of you.
Anny & Guila
Dear Professor Leibman,
First off, I want to thank you for introducing me to St. Petersburg and its music! My time with the Educational Bridge Project in St. Petersburg was a transformative experience; I was able to not only see the beauty of St. Petersburg, but experience its culture by exploring Peterhof, the Hermitage, breaking bread with its residents, and attending an intimate salon where I was able to listen to music created by talented, up-and-coming musicians. Days later, I still remember the gold-tipped domes and spires of St. Petersburg, the warmth and wit of all I met, and the music that can overwhelm one while attending a performance at the St. Petersburg Court Cappella.
I particularly want to thank Yulia Kushenko, Director of the Chekhov Central Library, for her warm welcome of me and tour of the library with Barbara. Yulia did all she could to make my talk easy and welcome me to her library (and its wifi!). I will never forget you, Yulia, Guila, Barbara, Professor Kholostova (who I adore), Tony, Ann, Annhe, Ilya, Vladmir, Anne, and Aaron – how lucky I am to have such great companions to celebrate The Educational Bridge Project with!
Am returning today to USA. Thank you for all your attentions, for the informative and healthy walks. I particularly remember the Funeral Church, the monuments to Khachaturian and Rostropovich, the apartment house of the (soviet) stars....and walking all the way around the Kremlin with Potatoes! I never got into it. no time!
Zina you were wonderful to arrange the class and I enjoyed everyone there and please thank them all, every one, for attending. Of course especially the young lady who learned the pieces! Your faculty colleagues are great talents.