The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and its founding Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Gintaras Rinkevičius, have recently celebrated the orchestra’s 30th anniversary. Over the years the orchestra has become a token of the highest levels of artistic excellence and technical prowess, a wellspring of new ideas. Each appearance of this orchestra is received as a great celebration of music by everyone who loves and appreciates the finest quality of performance. LSSO’s annual appearances in Klaipėda are adamantly coveted by the local music aficionados.
In the programme titled “Planet Accordion” the orchestra will team up with young Lithuanian accordion virtuoso Martynas Levickis who can be seen among the leading exponents of accordion music today. With his talent and charisma, he has led the audiences to rediscover the passionate, emotional and expressive sound and the immense versatility of this instrument. The British press praises him for mastery of the instrument and a fresh approach to accordion music: “The amazingly talented Martynas Levickis, the man who is single-handedly reinventing the accordion” (The Independent). He is the recipient of over 30 awards internationally, whereas his 2013 album went straight to the top of the UK’s Official Classical Album Chart.
Together with the LSSO under the baton of Gintaras Rinkevičius, Levickis will perform Concerto Classico, a work for solo accordion and orchestra, by contemporary Polish composer Mikołaj Majkusiak (b. 1983) and the Punta del Este suite by legendary Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla (1921–1992).
The second half of the concert will feature orchestral suite The Planets – perhaps the best-known piece by British composer Gustav Holst. The concept of the work is rather astrological than astronomical (which is why Earth is not included). The suite is made of seven movements: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Each of them is intended to convey ideas and emotions associated with the influence of the planets on our earthly existence.