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Internationally renowned Slovakian cellist Jozef Luptak will return to Billings this month for the start of a year-long series of lectures and events. He’ll bring with him Robert Cohen, professor at the Royal Academy of Music, for his second visit to Billings.

In January, Luptak and Cohen spent a week in Billings during which they hosted masterclasses with local cello students, held a teaching seminar with music teachers, gave an impromptu live performance in the Billings Clinic Commons, and offered a duo cello concert at St. Patrick Cathedral.

An free encore performance is planned for 7 p.m. on April 3 at Cisel Hall at MSUB.

According to a news release, Luptak will also speak on his experience as part of the Velvet Revolution, which took place in 1989 in what was then Czechoslovakia. In the 30 years since then, many things have happened: this includes the peaceful transition of power and dissolution of the Communist Soviet rule over Central Europe; the eventual parting of the Czech Republic and Slovakia just a few years later; his knowledge and involvement in the building of a free democratic state in Slovakia, and the joy, dreams, and fears for the people; as well as on U.S./Central European relations.

The free discussion will take place at 7 p.m. on April 2 in the Great Room at Rocky Mountain College.

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