Thursday 1 December, 6.30 pm
An energetic and distinctive ensemble, prize-winner of many international competitions and recipient of the Lithuanian Government prize for arts and culture, the FortVio Piano Trio celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Demonstrating vigorous spirit and artistic excellence of the highest level, the Trio always has something to please and delight its audiences by offering musical delicacies simply not to be missed. This time the first half of their programme is dedicated to French impressionists. The stunningly beautiful and highly demanding Piano Trio by Maurice Ravel is very rarely performed in Lithuania. Compositions by Claude Debussy and Jurgis Juozapaitis share the same title – Clair de lune, or Moonlight. To round off their appearance the ensemble will perform the exuberant, passionate Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas by the innovator of Argentinean tango, Ástor Piazzolla, heralding the festive season.
Wednesday 7 December, 6.30 pm
The joy of making music together, originality, dash and exceptional quality of performances – all these epithets do justice to the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO). Those who consider modern classical music to be incomprehensible and tedious should attend a concert by NICO to be convinced of the opposite and develop a sophisticated taste for this music. Playing from memory and mixing classical and popular music idioms with unconventional string techniques, singing, speaking and moving in minimalist choreography as they play on stage, six string players create an ethereal and energetic musical experience each time they perform. The effect is mesmerizing, and the result is inspiring to all ages.
In the past few years NICO has become a household name in the music scene of Vilnius and the ambassador of new Lithuanian music in Europe and the United States.
After the group’s recent appearance at the Festspillene i Elverum, the Norwegian audience that is known for appreciating artistic novelty gave it a round of thunderous applause. “It was new, non-traditional chamber music and… oh my God how cool it was! It’s the music that reflects our time and can appeal to a much wider audience,” eulogized the reviewer of the Hamar Arbeiderblat.
Friday 9 December, 6.30 pm
Renowned Lithuanian pianist Petras Geniušas lives a very intense life to an unchangeably tight schedule filled with concert itineraries and regular lectures at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. It was in Glasgow where he recently met his coursemate from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Indian pianist Fali Pavri. Time and distance have set them apart, and now they reunited for a concert. “Not only we studied in Moscow together, we also played together with Mstislav Rostropovich,” Geniušas recalls. “Fali was the first Indian person I met in my life. Talented, composed, and peaceful. It is only in India that these features can co-exist in one person.”
The programme to be performed at the Salve Musica Festival was titled after a well-known film by German director Wim Wenders. The pianists will perform not only solo pieces but also as a duo.
“The audience is great in all places where you play with all your heart, because it perceives music by heart,” asserts Geniušas whose name has become synonymous with the music performance of the highest standard for the professionals and music lovers alike.
Tuesday 13 December, 6.30 pm
Andres Mustonen is a cult figure in the Estonian music scene. A multifaceted musician, he plays music from Baroque to Renaissance to jazz and conducts oratorios and pieces by leading contemporary composers. As a conductor, he is welcomed by orchestras throughout the world, probably due to his approach: “I am not coming to teach musicians how to play – they already know how – but to inspire them and to discover music together with them.”
According to Mustonen, “Separation between the genres is one of the problems of the music world today. Classical concert goers know nothing about the rock scene, while jazz lovers have no idea of what is happening in the opera house. Those who create classical programs are afraid to disturb their audiences by breaking the routine. The result is stagnation, boredom and death of music. But every concert has to be a vivid emotional experience for listeners and performers alike,” he asserts.
This time Mustonen returns to Klaipėda together with his jazz ensemble. In the programme, prepared in collaboration with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra and entitled “Händel–Jazz–Bach,” he will present some well-known Baroque music masterpieces combined with exhilarating jazz grooves.
Friday 16 December, 6.30 pm
Having recently made remarkable debuts in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Zurich, pianist Gintaras Januševičius returns to Klaipėda with the new recital programme. Characterized in the German press as a ‘chameleon’ for his protean talent to enact different musical characters, Januševičius came up with an idea to make his own musical Advent calendar and present in to the audience. It consists of 24 colourful and dazzling encores, many of which are only attainable for accomplished virtuoso pianists. This programme features piano delicacies by more than twenty composers, which is a real treat not only for music lovers of the most varied tastes and preferences but also for the neophytes of classical music.
Gintaras Januševičius embarked on his path as a professional musician at the Eduardas Balsys Gymnasium of Arts in Klaipėda. Having graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius, he went on to study music at the Hannover University of Music, Theatre and Media. He subsequently settled in Hannover where he founded the Plathner’s Eleven concert series, with which he still collaborates as its honorary artistic director, runs two concert venues, and organizes two music competitions. He also gives lectures and master classes in various countries around the world.
Monday 19 December, 6.30 pm
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.
Sunday 25 December, 4 pm and Saturday 31 December, 11.30 pm
To mark the 10th anniversary of Klaipėda Carillon
On the Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve the resonant sound of Klaipėda Carillon bells will hover above the city and imbue every listener with its purifying and invigorating energy. While listening to this blissful carillon music, traditionally played by carillonneurs Kęstutis Kačinskas and Stanislovas Žilevičius, we will wish good health, happiness and success to each other for the whole coming New Year!
Sunday 26 December, 6 pm, at the Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi
Distinguished for exemplary harmoniousness of the Classical style, Joseph Haydn’s Mass in the performance of the Klaipėda Choir Aukuras will fill our hearts with the solemn and sacred feeling. Melodious, spiritual and noble music will resound in the chapel of St. Francis of Assisi and strike a sensitive chord with the voices of the soloists, choir, organ, and string quintet. The Choir’s artistic director, Alfonsas Vildžiūnas, will stand at the helm of all these performers. Seize an opportunity to congratulate each other and wish merry Christmas to everyone around you!
Tuesday 27 December, 6.30 pm
This concert will somewhat lift the veil of mystery, covering the Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. Besides the British royal family, this is also a home for The Queen's Six – a six-part, male voice a cappella ensemble. It was established in 2008, the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name.
Based at Windsor Castle, all the members of the 21st century 'Queen's Six' are also Lay Clerks of St George's Chapel. The Chapel Choir, which consists of boy trebles and twelve professional adult male singers, performs some eight services a week, as well as at private and state occasions, often before the Royal Family. They have had the privilege of performing at a private function for Her Majesty and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. This rare privilege demands the highest musical standards. Most significantly however, it is the familiarity of living and singing together every day in the Royal Chapel that lends this group its distinctive closeness and blend, as well as an irresistible informality and charm.
Now the six members of the ensemble have come together to bring their unique style of entertainment to a much wider audience. Their repertoire includes austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, lewd madrigals, haunting folk songs and upbeat Jazz and Pop arrangements. Individually, members of Q6 regularly appear in all of the most prestigious vocal ensembles on the national and international circuit. As an ensemble, The Queen’s Six has performed to critical acclaim at music festivals in the UK and Spain as well has successfully toured Germany and Austria.
Wednesday 28 December, 6.30 pm
On the last days of the year the audiences in Klaipėda will have yet another occasion to relish the virtuoso appearance of violinist Sergej Krylov and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (LCO) under his artistic leadership. Krylov frequently appears in concerts as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles, he is also an acclaimed chamber musician and recitalist. His previous collaborations include many repeat performances with the late cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich who had highly regarded Krylov as one of the world’s five greatest violinists.
Appointed Artistic Director of the LCO several years ago, Krylov declared: “I want from the orchestra the same things I attempt to achieve myself, that is, the technical quality of instrumental performance and constant exploration of interpretive possibilities, nurtured by the lifelong pursuit of knowledge. I firmly believe we can achieve that because this orchestra deserves to be among the top ten European chamber orchestras.”
The soloist’s dazzling virtuosity on a par with the smooth sound of the orchestra will present the audience with many wonderful and memorable moments.
Thursday 29 December, 6.30 pm
Many of us live in the anticipation of a miracle to occur on the New Year’s Eve. Members of the GlassDuo, playing the unique instrument, and St. Christopher’s Chamber Orchestra under the artistic leadership of Prof. Donatas Katkus, invite you to experience this miracle together!
You may wonder why there are so many wine glasses lined up next to the string orchestra: these are not meant for drinking champagne but rather for relishing effervescent musical masterpieces of all times. This instrument is called the ‘glass harp’ or ‘angelic organ.’ Anna and Arkadiusz Szafraniec from Poland, a professional violinist and a trumpeter, have mastered this instrument and founded the GlassDuo to pursue their own idea of performing. Being charmed by the sound of musical glasses, they abandoned their careers in the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra in Gdansk. Having developed an individual performance technique and built an extensive repertoire of arrangements and original pieces, the duo makes appearances around the world, astounding their audiences with subtle and sophisticated sound of the glass harp. Many of those who have experienced their performances describe it as “walking on clouds” or “music coming from dreams.” We believe that this concert will transport you to the world of otherworldly sounds.
Saturday 31 December, 6.30 pm
Every creative personality derives inspiration from his or her own muse, which stimulates one’s artistic vision and abilities. Poets, writers, composers, artists and other artistic people are not alone in summoning muses for creative inspiration. Even if you are up to bake a delicious cake or tailor a superb suit, you cannot do without inspiration.
What then inspires Mūza Rubackytė? The artist who worships music with all her heartfelt devotion and talent responds: “Lithuania, my homeland, it gave me everything that I have. My constant returns help me replenish energy and inspiration.”
The virtuoso pianist is continuously on a roll, giving concerts all around Europe, both Americas, and Asia. “The stage is a moment of truth, here and now, regardless of what’s in the pianist’s heart at that moment and in what continent that stage is found. … The stage is my altar, ablaze with the holy fire.”
Her creative collaborations include the most acclaimed orchestras, conductors and soloists of the world. The Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra appreciates every possibility to accompany Mūza Rubackytė in pursuit of her creative vision and each time experience, in her own words, “the miraculous rebirth of a musical masterpiece.”
In the past few years, the pianist has returned every season to give concerts in Klaipėda where she is especially fond of meeting different people: “Close or distant, they are an irreplaceable source of our spiritual nourishment.”
Let’s see the New Year in together with our loved ones and wonderful music! Let’s celebrate the start of a New Year and get inspired by the Muse!
We wish you all peace, health and happiness in 2017! Open up for the timeless beauty of music!