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Start of the Event: 6.30 PM
Venue: Klaipėda Concert Hall Ground Floor Foyer
Aistė Bružaitė (kanklės)
With the participation of Agnė Stančikaitė (soprano) and Jolita Matkienė (kanklės)
Programme: Matti Kontio, Vincenzo Bellini, Isaac Albéniz, Bernard Andres, Valery Kikta, Richard Strauss, Claude Debussy, Steve Reich, Bronius Budriūnas, Galina Savinienė, Vaida Striaupaitė-Beinarienė
“Have you ever heard the concert kanklės speak? Oh yes! They can speak, indeed. Their speech may be melodious and tender, cheerful and nonchalant, pensive and deep… The player is able to express most unexpected thoughts and emotions through vibrating strings and body of the instrument,” the kanklės player Aistė Bružaitė claims. She seems to take delight in every sound her instrument may produce. She also demonstrates no fear of experimentation and artistic challenge by performing stylistically diverse music and collaborating with various musicians in cross-genre projects.
Bružaitė studied at the Stasys Šimkus Conservatory in Klaipėda and, later on, at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius, from which she obtained the doctor of arts degree last year. She currently combines active career as a concert musician and teaching at the Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School and at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where she has been recently appointed head of the Department of Folk Instruments.
In this concert Bružaitė will be joined by her colleague, Jolita Matkienė (kanklės), and young soprano Agnė Stančikaitė. The latter is the graduate of the same schools in Klaipėda and Vilnius (as Bružaitė), making her debut at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre last spring.
“What do the kanklės tell?” presents a unique opportunity to listen to the pieces by Lithuanian and foreign composers, which have been specially arranged for the concert kanklės, the duo of kanklės and the trio with soprano. We hope you will be pleasantly surprised and delighted.