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Start of the Event 6.30 PM
Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director Mindaugas Bačkus
Soloist and Guest Concertmaster Frank Stadler (violin, Austria)
Soloist Tomoko Kiba (shô, Japan)
Programme: Michael Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Toshio Hosokawa, Benjamin Britten
As March marches forth, the wave of classical music and exotic sounds will engulf the stage of the Klaipėda Concert Hall. The programme devised by the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra features classical orchestral works by Michael Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Benjamin Britten. The exotic component of the programme will be represented by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa whose work features shō, a traditional Japanese instrument, in the solo part.
It is a free reed wind instrument, which consists of seventeen slender bamboo pipes each fitted with a metal free reed at its base. The instrument’s sound is said to imitate the call of a phoenix and it is perhaps for this reason that the two silent pipes are kept as an aesthetic element, making two symmetrical ‘wings.’ It is also for the first time that this rare instrument will be heard at the Klaipėda Concert Hall played by Tomoko Kiba.
The classical part of the concert will feature violinist Frank Stadler as a soloist and guest concertmaster of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. He is currently appointed concertmaster of Mozarteumorchester Salzburg where he was noticed by Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla who invited him to Klaipėda. Last autumn they both joined the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra for an inspiring season’s opening at the Klaipėda Concert Hall.