While Lithuanian autumn is right outside your window, we are ready to offer a reliable cure for nasty weather and growing darkness. Don’t mind the heavy rain and battering wind outside. It is always warm and cosy inside the Klaipėda Concert Hall where the sounds of music can transport you to the imaginary worlds of sublime beauty far away from your everyday routines. Take delight in the appearances of virtuoso performers and performances of great musical masterpieces. Let the perfect harmony of sounds into your hearts to make them sing. We are here to prove that great music is capable of inspiring and warming you up in any weather!
Friday 13 October, 12 noon and 6.30 pm
“The Orchestra of Playful Music. Episode 22: The Sound of Music”
Quite a few songs from this musical have long become standards known by heart among the lovers of the genre. It has enjoyed unfading popularity for almost six decades ever since its premiere on Broadway in 1959. It is based on a true story that still moves people across generations and throughout the world.
It is The Sound of Music, an award-winning musical with music by Richard Rogers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, that was adapted as a 1965 film musical by Robert Wise to become a major commercial success in film history and the highest-grossing film of all time.
It also became an inspiration behind the 22nd episode of The Orchestra of Playful Music project – a series of family concerts presented by the Klaipėda Concert Hall. This exciting musical-theatrical improvisation on the themes from the famous musical was created and will be performed by young professional actors Evelina Lozdovskaja and Gytis Šimelionis in the leading roles, accompanied by the future actress Livija Krivickaitė, little singers from the Klaipėda Vydūnas Gymnasium and Ąžuoliukas kindergarten, and the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra.
Sometimes we forget to be kind to each other, especially to those next to us. We forget how to smile, to cherish each other and enjoy being together. Music can bring us closer. Let’s listen to the music, sing along, grownups and children together, and give each other a sincere smile!
Wednesday 18 October, 6.30 pm, at the Ground Floor Foyer
“Youthful and Artistic 2”
The Artistico Ensemble was formed by violinist Dalia Dėdinskaitė and cellist Gleb Pyšniak in 2015 and soon presented a series of successful appearances throughout Lithuania, including small towns and major venues, such as the Klaipėda Concert Hall. Listeners and critics alike were then struck by their fascinating virtuosity, professionalism and musicianship.
“We weren’t teachers, but rather fellows to each other. We played together a lot and struggled to achieve a common goal – to prepare a demanding programme in the shortest possible time and to find the most engaging format of its public presentation,” said the artistic directors. In their own words, “all performers in the Artistico are colourful and charismatic personalities; as an ensemble they can fascinate every music aficionado.”
The second programme presented by the Artistico Ensemble features broad selection of classical music, ranging from the orderly strains of Baroque polyphony to the sensuous tunes and rhythms of Latina dances.
Friday 20 October, 6.30 pm, at the Ground Floor Foyer
“A Magic Bouquet of Duets”
The revival of Baroque music performance in various countries across Europe bears a testimony to the extraordinary richness and diversity of the period’s musical heritage marked with powerful emotional charge and eloquence that still hold appeal for contemporary musicians and audiences. In vocal music such expressivity manifests itself through the intimate union of poetry and music, which presents many opportunities for an intelligent performer to create vivid and convincing interpretations that can instantly reach the hearts of his or her listeners. When two musicians make music together as a duo this mission becomes twice as convincing and effective.
Cantus Coronatus is the result of a recent creative impulse that drove two singers with a penchant for Baroque music repertoire – soprano Simona Liamo and mezzo-soprano Nora Petročenko – to form a vocal duo accompanied by pianist Birutė Asevičiūtė. In their new programme “A Magic Bouquet of Duets,” they combine duets and arias from a number of Baroque oratorios, operas and cantatas by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Purcell, Händel and Bach with a few pieces by Haydn and Mozart that are otherwise rarely included in concert programmes in Lithuania.
Wednesday 25 October, 6.30 pm
What makes for a musical piece to become a hit? Why do some pieces succeed, while others fail to do so? Is there any universal code that some authors are able to crack and find a sure way to many people’s ears and hearts? Can classical music compete with popular music?
Antonio Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni, one of the most recognisable and frequently performed classical works of all time, may possibly be termed as a hit. It will certainly add vibrance to the programme presented by the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with the violin virtuosi Valery Sokolov and Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, with which they will also going to take part in the 2nd Intermezzo Festival in Vilnius.
Valery Sokolov has collaborated regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, including Tokyo Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Seoul Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He is much awaited at the most prestigious festivals and major venues, such as the Wigmore Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Prinzregenten Theatre in Munich, and Musikverein in Vienna. He is founding artistic director of the Kiev Soloists Chamber Orchestra.
Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, whose impeccable technique has impressed critics and audiences alike, is frequently lauded for his “remarkable and varied tone” and “a rare combination of elegance, naturalness and uncompromising severity of performance.” His rise to prominence came in 2010 when he won the International Jean Sibelius Violin competition and the International Fritz Kreisler Violin competition. He has also been awarded top prizes in nine other prestigious violin contests including the Tchaikovsky, the Queen Elisabeth and the Monte Carlo Violin Masters competitions. The latter is held every four years and announces only one winner.
Friday 27 October, 6.30 pm
In the religion of Ancient Rome, haruspicy was the art and practice of divination by examining the entrails of sacrificed animals. These rites were meant to learn the divine will regarding the course of any human action.
The cross-genre intermedia project named “Haruspicy” is comprised of six improvisations of varied genre (including classical music, avant-rock and jazz) based on six spectacular paintings by Artistc and musician Artūras Šlipavičius-Šlipas is the founding member of the Lithuanian avant-rock group Ir visa tai, kas yra gražu, yra gražu (also known as IVTKYGYG) and a recognised visual artist, holding many international awards for his paintings. He is also active as an intermedia artist, having produced a number of interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with saxophonist Vytautas Labutis, one of the most notable personalities in the Lithuanian jazz scene, who has consistently demonstrated openness to the most diverse formats and genres. In this project they will team up with an adventurous bunch of musicians with a knack for experimentation, including bassoonist and chamber musician Andrius Puplauskis, tubist Darius Bažanovas, drummer Laimondas Staniulionis known for his collaborations with various popular music groups, and classical pianist Rokas Zubovas.
Friday 3 November, 6.30 pm
The programme “Impressions” presented by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra centers on the most outstanding orchestral masterpieces by Lithuanian contemporary composers and features a newly written work by Zita Bružaitė. In this concert the internationally acclaimed Orchestra, continuing to prosper under the artistic leadership of violin virtuoso Sergej Krylov, will appear under the baton of Adrija Čepaitė. “The conductor is merely a mediator of the beauty that is being created. I attempt to invite both performers and listeners to engage in an inner dialogue with the music that dwells in one’s soul,” she said in one of her interviews.
The programme will include the Concerto for oboe, harpsichord and strings by Osvaldas Balakauskas who is celebrating his 80th anniversary this year, and the newly written Adagio for oboe and chamber orchestra by Zita Bružaitė. Oboist Robertas Beinaris, whose career successfully accommodates his multiple talents and activities, such as active concertizing, teaching and initiating new projects, and harpsichordist Vaiva Eidukaitytė-Storastienė will appear as soloists in both works. In addition, the Orchestra will perform Bronius Kutavičius’s Dzūkian Variations, a consummate representation of Lithuanian national ‘character’ in modern music, and Algirdas Martinaitis’s impressive Musical Offering.
Wednesday 8 November, 12 noon and 6.30 pm, at the Ground Floor Foyer
“Pippi Goes to a Concert”
In this lively family event we will listen to the music in the company of Pippi Longstocking. We guess you are already familiar with the spunky young girl, characteristically wearing a pair of stockings in different colours on her thin legs, whose red-haired head is always full of the most unconventional ideas and fancies. This popular character was thought up by the most famous Swedish author of books for children, Astrid Lindgren. Many of you must have read her books as children, or even visited her museum in Stockholm.
So what is this concert all about? It is about Pippi’s voyage on a ship from Stockholm to Klaipėda; about her meeting new friends and experiencing funny adventures. She likes the music played by the Klaipėda Brass Quintet and wonders if she could appear in concert herself…
The script for this semi-staged concert was written by theatre director Nerijus Gedminas, with actress Rugilė Latvėnaitė appearing as Pippi.
Thursday 9 November, 6.30 pm at the Ground Floor Foyer
"Romantic Violin and Jazz"
The programme “Romantic Violin and Jazz” features the Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio by famous French pianist and composer Claude Bolling. This suite from the series of his famous ‘crossover’ collaborations with classical musicians presents a delectable mix of Baroque elegance and modern swing to be delivered by four Lithuanian musicians, including open-minded and versatile violinist Džeraldas Bidva, pianist Feliksas Zakrevskis, double bassist Donatas Bagurskas, and drummer Darius Rudis.
This programme was initiated by Bidva who has been member of the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra for over 20 years and concertmaster for a decade. Seven years ago he was invited to join the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra where he was appointed concertmaster. He also frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician.
In his words, “Bolling’s music fascinates me with sensuality and elegance. It also has moments of punchy movement where joyous moods swiftly change into nostalgic, lugubrious passages in the violin part. A suite spiced up with the elements of traditional jazz would please the taste and offer an exquisite entertainment to every music connoisseur.”
Tuesday 14 November, 6.30 pm at the Ground Floor Foyer
"Fantasies and where to find them"
The way the sound of the harp affects human mind and body has been known since the time of ancient Egypt. But how does this ritual instrument sound in modern times? How does it affect our imagination?
To get transported into the fantasy world of harp sonorities you should attend a concert by Liucilė Uršulė Vilimaitė, a prize-winner of numerous national and international competitions, currently studying at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. She has prepared a solo programme that encompasses a broad range of styles and moods from the pensive strains of late Romanticism to the defiant chords of modern music. Besides the masterpieces by the famous composers of harp music, it will also feature a specially written work by the young harpist herself. Young and talented oboist Monika Boreikaitė will accompany her trip to this fantasy world with the mellifluous sounds of the oboe.
Wednesday 15 November, 6.30 pm
"A Feast of Piano Duos"
In this concert the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra will share the stage with three piano duos. What unites all these very different pianists is their enduring commitment to the genre since their study years at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT).
Compared to their fellow pianists, Rūta Rikterė and Zbignevas Ibelgauptas enjoy the longest career as a piano duo, lasting for twenty eight years now. They both share their experience with younger generation of pianists as professors at the LAMT where Ibelgauptas is also currently appointed rector. The duo boasts a broad and varied repertoire, with an equally extensive touring history.
Vilija Poškutė and Tomas Daukantas currently reside in Switzerland where they continue to perform as a duo, which they formed seventeen years ago. In addition to the intense schedule of concerts, they are frequently found in the recording studio, having already six releases to their credit. Tomas Daukantas, incidentally, comes from Klaipėda where he studied at the Eduardas Balsys Gymnasium of Arts.
Sonata Zubovienė and Rokas Zubovas began to perform together almost twenty years ago when they lived in the United States. After they decided to return to Lithuania, the duo became actively involved in the local cultural life, to which they continue to contribute original ideas concerning the presentation of and interdisciplinary approaches to music.
The Feast of Piano Duos will also feature the recently acquired Steinway & Sons concert piano, which is now the second such instrument owned by the Klaipėda Concert Hall.
Tuesday 21 November, 12 noon and 6.30 pm
“The Orchestra of Playful Music Tells a Folk Tale”
We all know what the Lithuanian folk tale “The Cat and the Rooster” is about. It teaches us not to be too credulous, not to succumb to flattery and guile, but to value friendship and, in doing so, to use our imagination and wits. How did the cat manage to free the rooster from the fox’s house? He starts to play the violin and wheedles the fox out! Thus the music helps rescue the rooster!
This amusing musical shadow play will be performed by the members of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra who will not only habitually play their instruments, but also impersonate various characters and operate puppets. The latter were made by Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė, puppet theatre the director and designer. Music was composed by Teisutis Makačinas.
The premiere of this musical performance took place in May this year and received very enthusiastic responses. In November it will be shown not only in Klaipėda but also in Vilnius, at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall.
Episode nineteen in “The Orchestra of Playful Music” series promises a very entertaining and elucidating spectacle. You are most welcome!
Thursday 23 November, 6.30 pm at the Ground Floor Foyer
"Oboe Quintet LT"
The Lithuanian Oboe Quintet was founded in 2007 at the initiative of Robertas Beinaris. The ensemble consists of two oboes, oboe d’amore, cor anglaise and bassoon – a line-up hardly to be found elsewhere in Lithuania and abroad. The Quintet performs diverse music ranging from Baroque to contemporary, but major portion of its repertoire consists of arrangements specially made by composer Vaida Striaupaitė-Beinarienė and the artistic leader of the ensemble, Robertas Beinaris.
The ensemble has presented numerous programmes across Lithuania and abroad, often in collaboration with the outstanding Lithuanian soloists. In 2008, the Quintet was awarded First Prize at the 8th International Competition “Music without Borders.”
The programme marking the ensemble’s 10th anniversary will showcase new works by Lithuanian composers written especially for the Quintet. We make history together and make our beloved country better known outside Lithuania.
This is the first concert in the series of events organised in anticipation of the Centennial of the Restored Lithuanian State.