We continue the “Jigsaw Puzzle for Orchestra” series with the eight programme entitled “Portraits.” The theme was given this programme by the Artistic Director of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra (KCO), Mindaugas Bačkus. He says: “A portrait concert is a way to introduce a person, a personality, or a group of artists affiliated through creative collaboration. We seem to recognize them anew through their inimitable musical and visual patterns. It often happens that a person acts differently when involved in any artistic activity than in his or her everyday routines. That’s what we aim at in our new programme “Portraits.”
To start with, conductor Tomas Ambrozaitis will work in tandem with the violinists from the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Rimantė Agintaitė and Jūratė Gaižutytė, in the performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for two violins and orchestra, written for Yehudi Menuhin and his pupil Alberto Lysy in 1962. It is interesting to note that all three performers are the graduates of the Stasys Šimkus Conservatory in Klaipėda.
The youngest member of the KCO, cellist Kornelija Kupšytė, will present the portrait of her generation in the performance of Roberto Molinelli’s piece for solo cello and string orchestra.
The performance of Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for piano and strings will feature the multitalented musician, conductor and pianist Vytautas Lukočius. We know him largely for his quick-witted comments in various TV projects where he has appeared as a conductor and member of the juries. But only a few of us know him as a pianist who is capable of performing very idiosyncratic repertoire.
A catalogue of Vidmantas Bartulis’ oeuvre includes a very distinctive series of compositions, in which he expresses sympathy (or antagonism) towards certain artists and their works (like Shostakovich, Schubert, Chopin or Marlene Dietrich), genres (like tango) and things (like souvenirs). The titles of all such works begin with a very familiar reaction nowadays: I like… (or I don’t like…). The KCO will introduce We like Donatas Katkus, a piece written by the flamboyant composer to mark the birthday of a one man-orchestra – violist, conductor, musicologist, educator and actor Donatas Katkus. His artistic portrait will surely adorn our hall of portraits in the “Jigsaw Puzzle for Orchestra” series.