The first concert in the series is called “Conversations between Percussion and Strings” and is presented by the Klaipėda Concert Hall’s resident chamber orchestra. The Orchestra’s artistic director, Mindaugas Bačkus, says “the limelight in this programme is firmly set on percussion virtuoso Pavel Giunter, a dedicatee of the new piece by Anatolijus Šenderovas who had even encoded the performer’s name in the title. In addition, in 2013 the world celebrates the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi; so we included his music into this programme. As we all know, he is mostly famous for his operas, but we are going to perform his less known piece – an orchestral version of his string quartet.”
This wonderful summer evening programme will be rounded off with the Serenade by the Swedish composer Dag Wiren. This amiable conversation between percussion and strings will be ‘moderated’ by conductor Robertas Šervenikas.
On June 29th the “Summertime Jazz Caravan” will join the queue of collaborations by the Klaipėda Brass Quintet which jazz musicians. This time they will perform with the jazz trio, featuring Saulius Astrauskas (percussion), Arnoldas Gurinavičius (keyboards) and Vytis Nivinskas (double bass).
Jazz music has secured an important place in the repertoire of the Klaipėda Brass Quintet. It stimulates the ensemble to search for inspiring new material and stage partners able to respond to the spur of the moment and enter into spontaneous improvisation session. The swinging jazz caravan will stop for a short gig at the Park Stage, shrouded in an illusionary heat wave.
On July 6th we will mark the Lithuanian Statehood Day and Coronation of King Mindaugas with the concert “I Embrace My Homeland with the Wings of My Song.” In the performance of Klaipėda Choir Aukuras the programme will include choral arrangements of Lithuanian folk songs and original compositions by Lithuanian composers, coming from various generations and countries. Some of the songs were composed by exiled composers who reach back to their homeland from across the Atlantic. The singing spirit of Lithuania’s people, the beauty of nature and love for the homeland will unfold in tuneful strains of the songs conducted by he choir’s artistic director, Alfonsas Vildžiūnas. Songs will be accompanied by Aušra Valentienė on the piano and actress Regina Šaltenytė.
The tempting title “Oh, Darling…” will lend an air of summer romance to the chamber music programme of July 12th that will feature soprano Sandra Janušaitė, the winner of the 2012 Golden Cross of the Stage as opera soloist, and the Kaunas String Quartet, awarded the Government Prize of the Republic of Lithuanian the same year. This programme, prepared with the pianist Rūta Mikelaitytė-Kašubienė, will combine riveting soprano arias, Romantic Lieder, and original pieces for string quartet by various composers, including the lightly elegiac and humorous music by Vidmantas Bartulis. His string quartet, after which this programme was named, will be also featured in this concert. This Friday evening can make a perfect start for the wonderful summer weekend!
Guitarist Chris Ruebens is well familiar in Lithuania as a member of the Baltic Guitar Quartet. On July 20th he will welcome the audience to his “Café musical.” This is a meeting place for various cultures where time halts and brings distant sounds of music, where music lulls the restless stream of thoughts. It is a place where one feels leisured and dreamy. Musical pieces, replete with the elements from different parts of the world and musical traditions (Brazilian, Oriental, Classical, blues and jazz), will blend to leave a plenty of room for improvisation and unusual sound effects.
Chris Ruebens ensemble will also feature Saulius Petreikis (wind instruments), Vytautas Bikus (keyboards), and Andrius Kairys (drums and percussion).
In the final concert of the Summer Concert Series, “Scandinavian Sound” (July 27th), the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra will team up with the jazz group from Denmark – Offpiste Gurus.
The songs of Offpiste Gurus draw inspiration from a bluesy tradition à la Tom Waits and Ricky Lee Jones, while referring to a Scandinavian tradition of cool, and so defining an own original brand of Scandinavian blues-roots-rock-jazz.
The saxophonist and composer Fredrik Lundin is one of the major jazz and beyond profiles of his generation. Two of his albums (with Fredrik Lundin Overdrive) won Danish Music Awards for his fundamental efforts and unique art of the saxophone playing. Trinelise Væring is a highly respected singer and songwriter. Together they have created a catchy uncompromising album and a live act full of vitality and a certain – and for jazz rather unusual – toughness, which is probably why they are often referred to as “a jazz band with a rock sound,” or a “rock band with a jazz approach.” Together and separately they examine new musical territory and, artistically speaking, they have often gone off-piste.
“The offer came from the Danish jazz musicians who proposed to perform together in an interesting programme. The resulting sound is quite unconventional, and I would also add, Scandinavian. I believe that the participation of our orchestra in the programme of this year’s Sea Festival in Klaipėda will lend new colours to the whole event,” said Mindaugas Bačkus, artistic director of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra.
Two events of the Summer Concert Series at Park Stage are free of charge. Tickets for the remaining four concerts are available at www.bilietai.lt
. In the event of rain, concerts will take place at the Klaipėda Concert Hall.
We wish you memorable summer evenings in harbour of music and nature!