“The Feast of Forever Live Music”
Salve Musica festival opens with the appearance of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Both the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society and its resident orchestra celebrate their 70th anniversaries this year. Titled as “The Feast of Forever Live Music,” this concert features a mature orchestra performing Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Schumann’s Fourth Symphony under guest conductor Georg Mark (Austria). Young Lithuanian pianist Daumantas Kirilauskas will join the orchestra in the performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.
“The Feast of Forever Live Music” begins with the everlasting masterpieces that epitomise the constancy of values – that which we should not forget in our daily lives.
“The Symphony of Fate and Night”
The inexhaustible energy of Gintaras Rinkevičius has catalysed the activity of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra for twenty two years in a row. As its founding artistic director and principal conductor he has performed a major part of the vast symphonic repertoire.
The opening four-note motif of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, one of the most famous in western music, is sometimes thought to represent Fate knocking at the door, which gave its popular name as the ‘Fate’ Symphony. Hector Berlioz regarded this symphony as a specimen of true genius and noted that it is in this particular work that Beethoven’s imagination acquires wings, on which he would soar in all subsequent works.
Under the baton of Rinkevičius, the orchestra will also perform Mussorgsky’s fantasy for orchestra Night on Bald Mountain and a spectacular Rhapsody by Ney Rosauro, together with soloing percussionist Pavel Giunter. Receiving its first performance in Lithuania, this piece by a famous Brazilian percussionist and composer will reveal the whole range of rhythms and colours which the percussion instruments can only produce.
“Every Day for Everyone”
“Every Day for Everyone” is the programme of spirituals, jazz compositions for voice and the choral arrangements of rock songs presented by the exhilarating Jauna Muzika Choir and its leader and conductor Vaclovas Augustinas. This kaleidoscopic medley is likely to evoke most varied emotions.
Among the guest performers in this programme are singer Jurgis Brūzga and instrumental ensemble. Members of the choir will also demonstrate their vocal abilities as soloists. “Every Day for Everyone” is a cheerful mélange of words and music, delivered in sincere and warm tone.
Musical performance “The Carnival of the Animals”
“The Carnival of the Animals” is an event for entire family – kids and their parents. It is based on a story written by Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė about a very special boy named Camille (directed by Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė, with the participation of the Klaipėda Puppet Theatre).
The Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, with Mindaugas Piečaitis conducting, and the soloists – pianists Sonata and Rokas Zubovas – will accompany the story by performing the music by Camille Saint-Saëns.
A musical suite in fourteen movements, The Carnival of the Animals is full of vivid imagery, humour and the episodes of astounding lyricism. Starting from the “Royal March of the Lion,” we will be introduced to the inhabitants of the “Aquarium” and the “Aviary.” We will also meet “Hens and Roosters,” “Wild Asses” and “Tortoises,” “The Elephant” and “Kangaroos,” and, of course, the celebrated “Swan.”
The semi-staged performance to Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals will send both the little ones and the grownups into the land of childhood dreams and fantasies. We are very much looking forward to meeting you there!
“Gems of Vocal Music”
Not long before Christmas singers Merūnas Vitulskis and Jonas Sakalauskas, together with pianist Birutė Asevičiūtė, are going to present a programme comprised of the gems of vocal music – songs and arias that will set the festive tone for the approaching holidays. Among the featured compositions are classically beautiful songs by Beethoven, romantic pieces by Schumann, charming melodies by Ravel and arias from the operas by Donizetti, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and Mozart. The performers are also preparing a pleasant surprise at the end of their programme.
The three peers have already performed in various towns across Lithuania, garnering accolades for their musicianship and professionalism. With this programme they also launch the United Voices project – an organisation dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of chamber music for voice in Lithuania.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve Concert of Carillon Music
The soundscape of Klaipėda is now unthinkable without the sounds of ship sirens and Klaipėda carillon. The sounds of this instrument will rise above the city, celebrating Christmas and the coming of the New Year and greeting all people around.
Let the bells of joy keep echoing in your hearts! Let the wings of happiness raise you to the heights!
“Sounds of Winter”
The concert “Sounds of Winter” will explore connections between music and poetry. The compositions of various styles and epochs will intermingle with the poetic texts by Antanas Jasmantas and other Lithuanian poets recited by actress Regina Šaltenytė. The appearance the Klaipėda Aukuras Choir will begin with the traditional Christmas repertoire and works by Renaissance composers, and then, through the premiere by Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė, will finish with the music by Johann Strauss. This kind of hint at the tradition of Viennese New Year’s eve concerts was an idea of conductor Arūnas Pečiulis who now lives in Austria. He not only conceived this programme but will also send a musical postcard to the music lovers of his native city.
“New Year’s Rhapsody”
The flame of Hope will shine again on our faces… For a short time we will forget our troubles and prepare for the feast that comes only once a year. Even though the climax lasts only a second, when both hands of the clock stop at twelve, it is the time spent waiting that is the most precious of all…
The “New Year’s Rhapsody” will spread the uplifting mood on the last evening of the year. The stage will be shared by the charismatic pianist, Petras Geniušas, the master of improvisation, Petras Vyšniauskas, and the enthusiastic cellist, Mindaugas Bačkus. Playing and acting at the same time, they will perform duos, trios and together with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, telling fabulous stories, braiding garlands of melodies, with which they will decorate ladies and gentlemen, gathered to the concert. Music will inspire the flight of the spirit, encourage briskness of the mind and imagination, and induce to new ventures.
Let the New Year’s path be full of luck and happiness for you!