The soloist in this programme, Norwegian baritone Stein Skjervold, has lived long enough in Lithuania to call it his second home. The programme entitled “Homeland’s Sky is For You” features vocal music by the greatest composer of his native country, Edvard Grieg, by the founder of the Lithuanian national school of composers, Juozas Gruodis, and by contemporary composers from Klaipėda.
The programme was named after the song by Vladimiras Konstantinovas, which was written and gained wide popularity during the years of Rebirth movement in the 1980s. The composer is primarily active as a choir conductor and is a co-founder of the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras.” After a few years since the Choir’s establishment in 1993, conductor Alfonsas Vildžiūnas remained alone at the helm of the Choir and will remain irreplaceable in the present programme introducing Lithuanian and Norwegian vocal music.
This concert offers a rare opportunity to hear choral works by choir conductors Robertas Varnas (1930‒2015), Gediminas Purlys (1948‒2014) and composer Zigmas Virkšas (1946‒2001) who were all active participants of various musical activities in Klaipėda. The artists pass away but their work remains with us forever. The programme also includes the composition Šviesa ir muzika (Light and Music) by yet another Klaipėda-based composer Remigijus Šileika who celebrates his 70th anniversary this year. His piece is a choral setting of a poem by Sigitas Geda: “Light and music sustain us, nothing else…”