At the festival’s closing concert we are proud to present the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under its current artistic director and principal conductor Modestas Pitrėnas. They will appear together with the Signum Saxophone Quartet from Germany.
With youthful energy, persuasive talent and unusual ideas the Signum Saxophone Quartet has brought a much fresher wind of change to European concert halls and festivals for several years. No matter where the Signum quartet is playing, either in the Carnegie Hall NY or on the snow-covered mountain peaks of the Dolomites, the Signum’s experimental joy and versatility is certainly not only reflected in their extraordinary program.
The four young musicians are to be heard in classical quartet formations and keep on creating exciting, never seen joint arrangements with inspiring sounds. Playing with superior ease and mostly without notes this young ensemble uses this gain in freedom also for creative choreography and productions within its sphere of activity.
These excellent performers will join in the performance of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Four Saxophones and Orchestra. This work by the famous American minimalist composer will be hemmed in by two ballet suites from Vladas Jakubėnas’s Vaiva’s Belt and Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka.
Vladas Jakubėnas, Philip Glass, Igor Stravinsky
“Music of Changes” in the ever-changing world
The upcoming “Music of Changes” Contemporary Music Festival is to take place in Klaipėda from September 20 to October 7, inviting the citizens to open up their minds to change and promising plenty of new experiences. By presenting the most daring and exciting musical art of our time, the festival attempts to captivate the audience from the very first moments it enters the Klaipėda Concert Hall. The current edition comes with a new feature: this year the sound installation From Sand, Water and Iron will welcome everyone attending the festival’s events. It was conceived and realized by Yiorgis Sakellariou, a Greek-born composer currently residing in London, using sound material that has been collected during field recording sessions in Klaipėda where he had lived a few years ago. In composer’s words, “Klaipėda’s soundscape is the basis and inspiration for an auditory experience of an expanded reality. From Sand, Water and Iron forms a reconfiguring and intangible cosmos, a place where three elements are transformed into sound, independent in time and connected in space.”
This year the “Music of Changes” festival offers a programme of seven engaging concerts and inspiring talks with the renowned artists and performers from Lithuania and from all around the world. Concerts will feature musical works that propelled change in the history of 20th century music and the most remarkable developments in the musical art today. Both the mentioned sound installation and works featured at concerts reflect the ever-changing world of sound. Vibrant and boundless, it will encourage us to invite change into our lives and environment.
Let’s open up our minds to change and new experiences together with the “Music of Changes”!
Open for viewing before the festival’s events, from 6 pm, at the KCH’s Ground Floor Foyer
“From Sand, Water and Iron”
Concert-installation by Yiorgis Sakellariou (Greece / UK)
Meet the artist on September 22nd, during the interval (around 7.15 pm)