When an e-mail from Vilnius came with an invitation to join the traditional annual run "On the Road of Life and Death", we were listening to Brahms' piano concerto in Portland performed by a student of the prestigious Rice University in Houston (Texas), Lithuanian pianist Rūta Kuzmickaitė who was born five years after the historic events of 13 January 1991. She had returned for holidays to her family in Oregon.
Inga Sadaunikaitė-Kozhevnikov (with a flag) organized a team of runners in response to an invitation from Vilnius. Photo by Darius Kuzmickas

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