The first programme in the May series offers you to travel to the “Sounding Cities.” It has been prepared by Egidijus Kaveckas who will appear as guest conductor with the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras”.
Hailed as one of the most accomplished young conductors of his generation, Kaveckas embarked on his path as a conductor at the Stasys Šimkus Conservatory in Klaipėda. He currently lives in Vilnius where he pursues an active professional career as Artistic Director of the Bel Canto Choir and conductor of the State Song and Dance Ensemble “Lietuva.”
Kaveckas says, the idea for this a cappella programme “sprang from a mere intuition or even the subconscious – free ramblings. I invite everybody to go on a journey where musical sounds are used as a vehicle. A piece by Donatas Zakaras, Cities, allows us to visit several continents at once. It makes a nice counterpart to the other composition, Aurei Regina Caeli by Raminta Šerkšnytė, which is written in three movements. This piece blends neoromantic tendencies characteristic of the composer’s writing and the elements of medieval music. Thus we will travel both to different continents and different times, with great expectations that our lives will soon be back to normal.
The third choral piece in the programme is Zakaras’ Letters to Sofija that were set to the actual letters of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis to his wife Sofija.
Although being supremely composed and time-tested, these compositions are not so frequently heard. I’m very glad to have the opportunity to materialize them with the Aukuras Choir.”