A Feast of the Guitars

2018 February 9 Past event
1 h 30 min
10.00 - 14.00 €

Start of the Event 6.30 PM

Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director Mindaugas Bačkus

Soloists: Baltic Guitar Quartet: Zigmas Čepulėnas, Sergejus Krinicinas, Saulius S. Lipčius, Chris Ruebens
Lute Duo (Poland): Anna Kowalska (historical guitar), Anton Birula (theorba)
Julius Kurauskas, Eugenijus Jonavičius, Tomas Varnagiris, Ieva Petrauskaitė (guitars)

Programme: Luigi Boccherini, Antonio Vivaldi, Chris Ruebens, Eugenijus Jonavičius, Peter Nuttall / John Whitworth, Antoine Forqueray, Gaspar Sanz

“This time we shall ‘celebrate’ the guitar,” announced Mindaugas Bačkus, artistic director of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, introducing the most recent programme in the new series he had initiated a few years ago, with an aim to showcase solo instruments in combination with the chamber orchestra. Time has come for the guitar – one of the most ancient, popular and versatile string instruments – that still makes hearts beat stronger worldwide.

“A Feast of the Guitar” showcases both recognised guitar masters, which notably include the Baltic Guitar Quartet, and emerging young performers. Works featured in the programme will be performed on various types of the guitar, from the acoustic to the electric, the latter variety to be demonstrated by Eugenijus Jonavičius and Tomas Varnagiris. Part of the programme consists of compositions written by guitarists. These, for instance, include Chris Ruebens of the Baltic Guitar Quartet. Another half features well-known pieces that have been specially arranged for guitar and chamber orchestra.

Almost everybody can learn to play simple melodies and chords to accompany singing on this instrument and thus try to express oneself through music. But it is only in the hands of professional performers that the guitar reveals its full potential as a concert instrument. “A Feast of the Guitar” will try to reassert the instrument’s unique versatility. You are most welcome to take part and hear for yourself!