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Jomantė Šležaitė (soprano), Vytenis Gurstis (flute), Simona Zajančauskaitė (piano)
Shadow theatre and actor Mindaugas Ancevičius
Programme: performance after The Suite of Stories by Feliksas Bajoras
The semi-staged performance “The Suite of Stories” offers a journey into an incredible and miraculous world of nature. Rather mysterious and abundant with the elements of magic these stories are based on Lithuanian folk tales about people, animals, trees and devils. Along the path winding through these stories you will meet a mole and a crayfish, eavesdrop on a conversation between a skylark and a swallow, learn why trees are mute and an ash tree is blind. You will also meet the jesting devil and the brave cordwainer, and find out what was happening long time ago on late Saturday nights. On this journey you will be accompanied by a soprano, flute and piano, shadow theatre and actor Mindaugas Ancevičius.
This performance was named after a series of songs by the living classic of Lithuanian music, Feliksas Bajoras. Written almost fifty years ago, his Suite of Stories is listed among the most popular and original works composed in Lithuania over the past century. It was set to the folk tales written down by linguist Kazimieras Būga. The song about an oak tree uses verse of an actual folk song. Light lyricism and vivid, humorous tone-painting effects of these songs inspired three young musicians – soprano Jomantė Šležaitė, flautist Vytenis Gurstis and pianist Simona Zajančauskaitė – to use them as a basis for this entertaining educational project.