On December 29th, 2020, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Sisak, Petrinja, Glina, and the surrounding towns and villages in the Sisak-Moslavina County region of Croatia.
The earthquake took lives and left many people without homes, and many buildings turned into unusable ruins. In this devastating quake, Public Music School “Fran Lhotka” lost two beautiful 19th-century historic buildings in Sisak and Petrinja, while 360 students and 40 teachers are left without their home of music and love.
To speed up the rebuilding process, and give the youth hope for recovery, the Music School teachers started a fundraising campaign for rebuilding the Music School in Sisak and its branch school in Petrinja. The teachers and students are hopeful that music will resonate again in Sisak and Petrinja, while the culture of the entire Sisak-Moslavina County is being brought back to life. (donate here)
The music school building in Sisak was the only concert hall in the Sisak-Moslavina County, and it was one of the oldest and most beautiful halls in Croatia, with the best acoustics and a top-quality Steinway grand piano. Many world-renowned musicians performed in this hall. Watch the after earthquake session in the destroyed music hall (here)
A jewel in the architectural crown of the city of Sisak, and a former synagogue, the building was constructed between 1862 and 1890. For the last 53 years, it has been filled with the sounds of music and children’s laughter. Thousands of children accompanied by their teachers played their instruments for the first time here, learned their very first notes, sang in the choir for the first time, shattered their fears, and made their first public appearances. (donate here)
Music is the essence of life. Working with children and youth and transferring knowledge, skills, and a love for music contributes to creating a more cultured and noble society based on the ideas of humanity.
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