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Centennial Poem

2018 June 15
1 h 50 min
10.00 €

A concert to mark 100 years of restored Lithuania
Start of the Event: 6.30 PM

Lithuanian Armed Forces Orchestra
Conductor Egidijus Ališauskas

Soloists: Gleb Pyšniak (cello), Giedrius Steponaitis (tuba)

Programme: Juozas Pakalnis, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Friedrich Gulda, Roland Szentpáli, Adam Gorb



Halfway through June we will hear the final chord of the concert season – a programme “Centennial Poem” presented by the Lithuanian Armed Forces Orchestra. To put it mildly, it’s a must for every concert-goer – not only because of vigorous performance by musicians in military uniforms, but also because of the repertoire otherwise rarely heard in concert band concerts. First of all, the programme features orchestral works by two Lithuanian composers from the beginning of the 20th century who only lived 36 years: Romantic Overture by Juozas Pakalnis and symphonic poem In the Forest by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. Both works, originally written for symphony orchestra, have been arranged for concert band by Kazys Daugėla and Egidijus Ališauskas, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Orchestra.

On the other hand, Cello Concerto by Friedrich Gulda, was specially composed for cello and wind orchestra. An eccentric Austrian composer and pianist, Gulda is renowned for his work in both the classical and jazz fields. The solo cello part will be performed by Gleb Pyšniak, an adventurous cellist and member of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra who has frequently appeared as soloist and chamber musician on the stage of the Klaipėda Concert Hall during this past season. And last but not least, in Roland Szentpali Carmen Fantasy we will see and hear perhaps the most seldom heard solo instrument – tuba, in the hands of tubist Giedrius Steponaitis.

This colourful programme will round off the concert season at the Klaipėda Concert Hall. But do not worry that you will have no events to attend. Follow our posters and soon you will hear the Carillon Festival bells ringing!