The festival’s opening concert, presented by the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra (KCO), features the world premiere of a new work, Landscape of the Soul, written especially for this festival by composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė. The work initially bore a Finnish title, Sielunmaisema, “a word that actually kindled my imagination at the very first sight.”
Having been based in New York for several years now, the composer was recently awarded two gold medals at the independent artists’ Global Music Awards competition for her portrait album In Search of Lost Beauty (Starkland, 2019). The solo cello part in her new work for cello and strings is entrusted to cellist Mindaugas Bačkus, artistic director of the KCO, characterized as “an excellent musician of a non-academic mind-set who bravely tests unusual colours and puzzles out complex musical ideas” by musicologist Beata Baublinskienė.
In this programme the KCO will team up with Hartmut Rohde, one of the leading and much sought-after European violists, who will mount the conductor’s pulpit and appear as a soloist. He holds a professorship at Berlin University of the Arts and has performed as violist and conductor at many prestigious international venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, London’s Wigmore Hall and Seoul Arts Center.
In the performance of Arvydas Malcys’ Concerto for violin, viola and strings, Rohde will share the stage with talented Lithuanian violinist Ingrida Rupaitė-Petrikienė. She is well familiar to the audiences in Klaipėda through her work as concertmaster of the KCO for the past few years.
The programme will also feature first performances of orchestral works by Erkki-Sven Tüür, Ursula Mamlok and György Ligeti in Klaipėda. Theatrically-inspired composition In the Country of Last Things by German composer and director Heiner Goebbels will hem in the entire programme. Having visited the “Music of Changes” festival in 2017, he continues to expand the limits of theatre as a collaborative art form, to alter perceptions and provoke responses from the audience.
We sincerely hope that the programme “Soul at Work” will quench your thirst for new experiences!