Even though the concert of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra will open with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Romantic music is definitely the predominant feature in this programme. Another motive to attend this concert is the first appearance of internationally renowned French pianist, Jean-Marc Luisada, at the Klaipėda Concert Hall. His claim to fame was 5th prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1985, which embarked him on international career. Invitations to perform at the world’s famous concert venues with major orchestras have kept flowing ever since.
No wonder then that the laureate of Chopin Competition has a generous share of Polish composer’s music in his repertoire. Part of the programme “Reflections of Romanticism” is dedicated entirely to Chopin’s music, including his mazurkas and nocturnes for solo piano, as well as Piano concerto in E minor.
The programme will also feature an arrangement of the String Quartet in D minor by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis for string orchestra. The second movement evokes the idyllic and somewhat idealized memories of and pangs of longing for one’s homeland. The composer felt homesick in Leipzig, away from Lithuania, where even “birds in the trimmed parks seemed to tweet in German,” as he wrote in one of his letters.