“A Feast of American Music”

2016 December 19 Past event
1 h. 40 min.
18 €, 24 €

Event start:
6:30 pm

Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius
Soloist Alexander Paley (piano, USA)

Programme: George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein

Alexander Paley, whose exceptional charisma, fiery temperament and stunning technical prowess continues to enthral audiences at the world’s greatest concert venues, returns to Lithuania and not without good reason. “I admire maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius. Throughout my career, I have played with many different conductors and orchestras but, I must admit, it has never been as good as playing with the maestro,” reveals the world-famous Moldovan-born American pianist.
This time the public’s favourite whose name fills the halls to capacity for each of his performances in Lithuania, together with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra under maestro Rinkevičius, offer a special programme devoted to two American composers from the beginning of the 20th century – George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.
The programme opens with Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from his legendary musical West Side Story and continues with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a composition for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects and is generally held responsible for Gershwin’s reputation as a ‘serious’ composer, rendering this piece one of the most popular of all American concert works. The second half of the concert will feature Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture that includes most of the best-known songs from Gershwin’s opera.

Soon we will tear the last leaf off a calendar of the year 2016. The Salve Musica Festival will soon fill the Klaipėda Concert Hall with the glorious strains of Christmas music. Running for whole month, from December the 1st through the New Year’s Eve, the festival offers thirteen events that will bring peace and bliss to your hearts, remind of the passage of time, and inspire a desire for true values. We invite you to spend the most beautiful season together and celebrate Christmas with music!