A concert to mark the centenary of restored independence in the Baltic states
You can’t take raise show feed or water it
It is not in joyous songs, slogans and odes
But rather in our sighs
That it can be seen and heard
Justinas Marcinkevičius, Freedom
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are like three sisters who happened to turn over a new leaf in their history and start afresh as sovereign states one hundred years ago. They are intimately connected not only via the Baltic Sea, the Baltic Way or through the century-old tradition of song and dance celebrations that has been inscribed on the UNESCO representative list of the intangible culture heritage of humanity. Their unity is also being continuously reinstated through active collaboration between concert institutions and individual artists.
The programme “Baltic freedom” notably features works written by composers from the three Baltic states. Perhaps the most curious feature of this programme is the world premiere of Here at the quiet limit, a new piece by Justė Janulytė, who has been recently announced among the winners of the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize. Other featured works include compositions by Erkki-Sven Tüür and Pēteris Vasks who are currently numbered among the most famous household names in Estonia and Latvia. Just as a matter of curiosity, Vasks studied in Vilnius and therefore speaks fluent Lithuanian. This unique Baltic programme is presented by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Estonian National Male Choir and soloists. A concert at the Klaipėda Concert Hall will be the first stop on the route of the “Baltic freedom” throughout the Baltic states. The project will move on to Kaunas, Vilnius and Tallinn.