Our world is made of chaos and harmony. Everyone is free to decide where he or she belongs. But in order to protect ourselves and the world from destruction we should surround ourselves with things that spark our sense of wonder and awe.
Harmonious music can help us become better human beings and the world – a better place to live. We offer you a string of season’s final concerts at the Klaipėda Concert Hall where you can always relish a perfect harmony of sounds!
Thursday 3 May, 12 noon and 6.30 pm, at the Ground Floor Foyer
In this lively family event we will learn to listen to the music in the company of Pippi Longstocking. We guess you are already familiar with the spunky young girl, characteristically wearing a pair of stockings in different colours on her thin legs, whose red-haired head is always full of the most unconventional ideas and fancies. This popular character was thought up by the most famous Swedish author of books for children, Astrid Lindgren. Many of you must have read her books as children, or even visited her museum in Stockholm.
So what is this concert all about? It is about Pippi’s voyage on a ship from Stockholm to Klaipėda; about her meeting new friends and experiencing funny adventures. She likes the music played by the Klaipėda Brass Quintet and wonders if she could appear in concert herself…
The script for this semi-staged concert was written by theatre director Nerijus Gedminas, with actress Rugilė Latvėnaitė appearing as Pippi.
Friday 4 May, 6.30 pm
Saulė Šerytė and Renata Dubinskaitė, a pair of early music devotees who happen to form the Duo Barocco, introduce the programme “A Fiery Chaconne.” Accompanied by the instrumental ensemble, the soloists will not only demonstrate their velvety voices but also highlight timbres of the harpsichord (recently acquired by the KCH), the harp, recorders and other instruments, blending with the graceful movement of the Festa Cortese dancers.
Chaconne is a fast dance-song accompanied by snappy percussive sounds, involving a short repetitive bass line and melodic variation. Though it has been reputedly introduced from South America, the dance quickly spread in Europe during the Baroque era. It provided many possibilities for improvisation, like in modern jazz compositions, where soloists can show off their virtuosity and ingenuity.
The programme features Italian and Spanish dances and songs from the 17th and 18th centuries. Baroque pieces, richly decorated with various instrumental timbres, percussive rhythms and improvisations, will lure us into dancing and merrymaking, while simple song-like melodies will remind us of ties between professional art music and folklore.
Thursday 10 May, 6.30 pm
A concert to mark 100 years of restored Lithuania
This year the State Choir “Vilnius” joins in a series of celebrations, commemorating 100 years of the restored Lithuanian state, and expresses its patriotic feelings in the programme “Glimpses of the Creator into Lithuania.” What is so special about this programme is that it comprises outstanding sacred works representing various religious denominations and features specially written choral works by Lithuanian composers Zita Bružaitė, Algirdas Martinaitis, Mykolas Natalevičius, Anatolijus Šenderovas, Mindaugas Urbaitis and Donatas Zakaras. The programme of choral works epitomizing musical traditions associated with each of these denominations will unite different religions that have long coexisted in Lithuania, thus promoting an important idea – that different peoples and religions can unite through music.
Choral works will be interspersed with instrumental improvisations by Saulius Petreikis who performs on a variety of ethnic wind instruments from around the world. Tenor Rafailas Karpis will sing solo parts. All choral works will be conducted by Artūras Dambrauskas whose artistic activities are split between three Lithuanian towns.
Tuesday 15 May, 6.30 pm
“Fragrances of France” will emanate from the works by French composers – Georges Bizet, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc and Reynaldo Hahn – which have been combined into one delectable programme by pianist Lukas Geniušas, silver medallist of the prestigious Chopin and Tchaikovsky competitions. These victories opened ways to year-round extensive tours and appearances every other day in each time different places of the world.
This time Lukas returns to Klaipėda not only as a soloist but also as an accompanist to his cousin, singer Marija Geniušaitė. This duo of cousins has already given a concert in Moscow, but in this programme they will please the audience with the selection of French art songs. “As we began to rehearse, we instantly felt musical affinity and mutual understanding: many things just came out naturally, without much discussion. I think it is essential to have such a good rapport when you perform musical works as subtle as chansons by Debussy, Hahn and Poulenc. I sincerely hope that our concert in Klaipėda will reassert these first impressions after our first musical acquaintance! It feels really strange to know a person all your life and have no previous experience as stage partners.”
Moreover, we will hear Lukas perform with the trio, in which he will join avid chamber musicians Dalia Dėdinskaitė (violin) and Gleb Pyšniak (cello). They will perform Ravel’s Piano Trio, a work of remarkable beauty and complexity, reconciling conventional formal framework with a wide variety of inspirations and innovations.
Thursday 17 May, 12 noon and 6.30 pm
Quite a few songs from this musical have long become standards known by heart among the lovers of the genre. It has enjoyed unfading popularity for almost six decades ever since its premiere on Broadway in 1959. It is based on a true story that still moves people across generations and throughout the world.
It is The Sound of Music, an award-winning musical with music by Richard Rogers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, that was adapted as a 1965 film musical by Robert Wise to become a major commercial success in film history and the highest-grossing film of all time.
It also became an inspiration behind the 22nd episode of The Orchestra of Playful Music project – a series of family concerts presented by the Klaipėda Concert Hall. This exciting musical-theatrical improvisation on the themes from the famous musical was created and will be performed by young professional actors Evelina Šimelionė and Gytis Šimelionis in the leading roles, accompanied by the future actress Livija Krivickaitė, little singers from the Klaipėda Vydūnas Gymnasium and Ąžuoliukas kindergarten, and the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra.
Sometimes we forget to be kind to each other, especially to those next to us. We forget how to smile, to cherish each other and enjoy being together. But music can bring us closer. Let’s listen to the music, sing along, grownups and children together, and give each other a sincere smile!
Tuesday 22 May, 6.30 pm
A concert to mark 100 years of restored Lithuania
The programme “Sonorous Lithuania” may be described as the musical chronicle of restored Lithuania. It is dedicated to Lithuanian vocal masterpieces – songs and arias from the operas and musicals, which have become tokens of their time. The audience will be offered a selection of works by Lithuanian classics and living composers, as well as amusing stories from the composers’ lives, accompanied by videos.
This programme features opera soloist Liudas Mikalauskas who often includes Lithuanian music in his performances. A bass with exceptional timbre and histrionic talent, he is frequently earning public and critical acclaim as one of the best young Lithuanian singers. He currently sings a number leading and character roles in the productions of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius and all other music theatres across the country. He frequently appears as a soloist with chamber and symphony orchestras in the performances of large vocal-instrumental works. He is artistic director of annual music festivals in his native Tauragė, Paberžė and Skaruliai. He also frequently travels the length and breadth of Lithuania with concerts of popular vocal music, which came as a consequence of his participation in the television project “Triumphal Arch” where he was awarded the “Golden Voice” title.
Another singer in this programme, soprano Julija Karaliūnaitė, also appears in the productions of the LNOBT and in contemporary music projects. The singers will be accompanied by pianist Birutė Asevičiūtė who is also a great opera and contemporary music enthusiast.
Friday 25 May, 6.30 pm
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.
Wednesday 30 May, 6.30 pm, at the Ground Floor Foyer
“Metropolitan and Broadway”
The brand new Latvian Atomos Saxophone Quartet, founded and led by one of the most proactive and ingenious saxophonists in Riga, Lithuanian Arvydas Kazlauskas, is to make its debut at the Klaipėda Concert Hall. Its repertoire embraces a variety of genres and styles – from spunky rhythm-driven contemporary pieces to masterfully composed and arranged tunes. Where should we look for a wealth of such tunes? In operas and musicals, of course!
The programme “Metropolitan and Broadway” was specially devised to pander to the audience’s relish for opera and musical highlights. It notably includes popular numbers from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet who did not live to see its success. We will be also offered a selection of buoyant melodies from the operas by Gioachino Rossini. The programme further highlights the music by American composers, offering fragments from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. It will be rounded off with the public’s favourite tunes from the popular Broadway musical Les Misérables written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil after Victor Hugo’s eponymous novel.
Friday 1 June
“Jigsaw Puzzle for Orchestra 5”
The Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra continues its newly introduced series of concerts with the programme “Jigsaw Puzzle for Orchestra 5.” From morning to dusk the orchestra will split into chamber ensembles and give short performances in various places around the city. Since the concert is slated for the 1st of June, the International Children’s Day, some of the appearances are specially tailored for families with children and will take in places frequently attended by such visitors. Those who visit the “Impuls” fitness centre to exercise and improve their physical well-being will be offered a refreshing and sprightly concoction of musical works. While the evening batch will feature the whole orchestra gathered at the St Francis of Assisi Chapel to give a concert engaging children with disabilities. At the initiative of the Orchestra’s Artistic Director, Mindaugas Bačkus, the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra will be jigsawn again into smaller groups that will perform from early morning to late evening in the most unexpected places. By offering to assemble jigsaw puzzle of concerts together with the casual listeners, the Orchestra aims this adventurous series at community building and audience engagement.
Wednesday 6 June, 12 noon and 6.30 pm
“Choir: Make it Fun and Colourful 2”
It’s been quite a while since the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras” presented the first instalment in the series of family concerts “Choir: Make it Fun and Colourful.” In its second programme we will once again meet Evelina Šimelionė, demonstrating her multiple talents as director, actress, choral conductor, and singer. Together with her peers Gytis Šimelionis and Donatas Želvys, she will have to handle a difficult situation because the choir’s conductor Alfonsas Vildžiūnas… has disappeared! “Conductor is the most important person in the choir; he (or she) is the only one who is capable of pulling all the strings and thus making a choir out of a bunch of people. It is not that easy to turn your back to the audience and lead a whole flock with the little wand in your hand. All sung phrases should be linked to manual gestures and all individual voices should blend to produce a harmonious sound, not to mention good atmosphere… Besides, there is also all that ‘behind the scenes’ business: rehearsals, travels, performances, programmes in preparation, etc. In every step we should obey the instructions of our conductor. How should we manage without the conductor?...”
This concert will get down to the nitty-gritty of work with the choir, making it fun and colourful. Who knows, one might even develop a wish to sing in a choir after attending this concert. All in all, Lithuania is known as the ‘land of songs,’ and we expect the Centenary Song Festival to be held this summer!
Wednesday 13 June, 6.30 pm, at the Ground Floor Foyer
Programme “Silvery Sounds” will enchant the audience with celestial silvery timbres. Presented by the Lithuanian Flute Quartet, this concert will also feature soprano Gunta Gelgotė who will sing some pieces in a duo with her husband, flautist Giedrius Gelgotas. This duo will perform a number of works written especially for them, demonstrating the amazing coloratura soprano and ethereal flute sonorities. At this concert, commemorating the centenaries of modern Lithuanian and Latvian states, kinship between the two countries will be represented not only by this family duo but also through the selection of works composed by Latvian and Lithuanian composers. In addition to classical and romantic pieces, the programme offers a couple of world premieres. One is being written by Gundega Šmite and Dmitris Maronidis from Latvia, while the other is composed by Latvian composer Mārtiņš Viļums who has been living in Lithuania for twenty years. The Lithuanian line will be extended further by the piece for flute quartet written by Jonas Tamulionis.
Another highlight in the programme is the Lithuanian premiere of Requiem for a Glacier for flute quartet and tape by Swiss composer Andreas Zurbriggen. It was inspired by the melting glaciers on the peaks of the Alps, which the composer daily observes though his windows. As a matter of interest, the work’s world took place in the ice cave. Zurbriggen is also a musicologist and journalist, sometimes contributing articles about Lithuanian music.
Friday 15 June, 6.30 pm
A concert to mark 100 years of restored Lithuania
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!