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Klaipėda Carillon Festival: Let Us Rise and Raise Our Eyes to the Heavens!
On June 24th, 2017, the festive toll of bells will announce the return of the Carillon Festival to Klaipėda for the fourth year in a row. From midday till dusk, on the longest day of the year, the ringing of bells will be heard high above and out across the harbour city, creating, once again, its unique soundscape and exceptional appeal. The carillon music usually has an elating effect on people, since the sound of bells coming from above encourages one to lift up his or her eyes to the sky. Our minds will easily take off the ground in tow and rise from the mire of quotidian details towards this heavenly beauty. Let’s rise and raise our eyes to the heavens together with the ringing of bells!
The Klaipėda Carillon is currently one of three such instruments in Lithuania whose audible presence has become the signature of the harbour city. It was mounted in the tower of the Klaipėda Central Post Office in 1987 remained in service until 2006, when it was replaced with the new instrument manufactured by the Royal Eijsbauts Bell Foundry in Asten, the Netherlands.
The newly installed concert carillon has 48 bells, with the tonal range of four octaves and a total bell weight of about five tons, which amounts to ten tons together with the supporting frame structure. The largest bell weighs 900 kilograms.
Organised by the Klaipėda Concert Hall, the 4th Klaipėda Carillon Festival invites the citizens and guests of the harbour city to celebrate the summer solstice with four concerts taking place during the same day, on June 24th. The ringing of carillon bells played solo and in combination with other instruments and voices hovers high above the city and pervades the air in the old town. But the best spot for focused listening is the courtyard of the Klaipėda Clock Museum where all concerts are screened live so that the audience may not only hear but also watch carillonneurs perform in the bell tower.
For a few days preceding the festival an exhibition dedicated to the history of the Klaipėda Carillon will be open for viewing at the Atgimimo Square. We also invite you to take part in the guided tours to the tower of the Klaipėda Central Post Office where you can take a closer look at this rare instrument assisted by our knowledgeable guides.
Olesya Rostovskaya (carillon, Russia)
Klaipėda Brass Quintet: Sigitas Petrulis (artistic director, trumpet), Alius Maknavičius (trumpet), Monika Miliauskienė (horn), Steponas Sugintas (trombone), Vidmantas Liasis (tuba)
Programme: Vidmantas Bartulis, Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė,Olesya Rostovskaya, a. o.
Carl Van Eyndhoven (carillon, Belgium)
Programme: Adolphe Ch. Adam, Fernando Sor, Béla Bartók, Enrique Granados, 17th-century carillon music, jazz improvisations
Kęstutis Kačinskas (carillon)
Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras”
Artistic Director and Conductor Alfonsas Vildžiūnas
Programme: Heinrich Schütz, Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Alessandro Marcello, Waldemar Ahlen, Burhard Mohr, Van den Bruin, Juozas Naujalis, Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė, Donatas Zakaras
Stanislovas Žilevičius (carillon), Saulius Petreikis (flute, trumpet, traditional wind instruments from Lithuania other parts of the world), Donatas Petreikis (soprano saxophone), Vytautas Mikeliūnas (1st violin), Juozas Staniulis (2nd violin), Ugnė Petrauskaitė (viola), Mindaugas Bačkus (cello), Juozas Marcinkevičius (guitar), Andrius Daugirdas (bass guitar), Andrius Kairys (percussion)
Programme: world music project combining Lithuanian ethnic music and musical traditions from around the world
Guided tours to the Klaipėda Carillon Tower
20, 21, 22 June 2017, at 6 and 7 pm
With the participation of carilloneurs Kęstutis Kačinskas and Stanislovas Žilevičius
Tickets at € 3
Tickets for the guided tours are available either at the Klaipėda Concert Hall Box Office or at the Klaipėda Clock Museum just before the start of tours. The number of participants limited to 20 persons.
Please register in advance by telephone at +370 46 393962