Events and tours

Far Away, Till Midnight

2020 July 21 Past event
1 h 50 min
10 Eur
Start of the Event: 6.30 pm 
Place of the event: Klaipėda Concert Hall
St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director and Conductor Modestas Barkauskas
Conductor Karolis Variakojis
Soloist Arvydas Kazlauskas (saxophone)
With the participation of the “Atomos” saxophone Quintet (Latvia):
Arvydas Kazlauskas (soprano saxophone), Aigars Raumanis (alto saxophone), Katrīna Kivleniece-Cābule (alto saxophone) Jānis Puķītis (tenor saxophone), Rūdolfs Pēteris Rubenis (baritone saxophone)
Programme: Joseph Haydn, Frank Bridge, Bronius Kutavičius, Ramūnas Motiekaitis, Piet Swerts


The St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra has gained popularity in Klaipėda mainly due to its long-standing artistic director and chief conductor, Donatas Katkus. Ever since Modestas Barkauskas has taken up this position in 2017, he sought to maintain a high standard of professionalism, a reputation of a versatile orchestra, and attention to the music by Lithuanian composers.
 
The programme “Far Away, Till Midnight” that promises many pleasant surprises for the audience was named after a piece by the eminent Lithuanian composer, Bronius Kutavičius. Scored for a rare combination of instruments – saxophone and string quintets – this work reveals the composer’s interest in Indian classical music. According to Kutavičius, “there are 24 modes in Indian music, one for each hour of the day. In Far Away, Till Midnight, I used modes until sunset.”
 
In the performance of this work, which introduces us to a unique and bewitching sound world, the orchestra will team up with the Atomos Saxophone Quintet from Riga under the artistic leadership of Arvydas Kazlauskas. An ardent performer and teacher of music for classical saxophone, Arvydas Kazlauskas will also appear solo in a virtuoso piece by Belgian composer Piet Swerts, entitled Kotekan.
 
Written last year, the new piece called Cinema by Ramūnas Motiekaitis will be no less intriguing. The composer says about his piece: “Too pretty to be true. That’s cinema. Can there be anything more realistic than cinema?”
 
This programme will be conducted by the talented young conductor, Karolis Variakojis. 
The concert goers showing symptoms of acute respiratory infections (cold or flu like symptoms), experiencing fever (37.3ºC and more) or other signs of infectious diseases shall not be admitted to the events and no claims for ticket refunds shall be accepted.
 
While attending our events, it is mandatory to wear face coverings (face masks or respirators), except children under 6 years of age.
 
All concert goers shall be subject to temperature check at the entrance.
 
Pre-schoolers (2–7 years of age) will be admitted to all events free of charge, except the educational programme “The City of the Trumpet.” Admission to the “The City of the Trumpet” is free of charge for children under 2 years of age.