“The music from the Lithuanian composer Onutė Narbutaitė is utterly enthralling,” says music critic François Hudry. He described her piece Was There a Butterfly? as “an ostinato abuzz with colour and mystery.” In 2017, this work for string orchestra was nominated among the recommended works in the 64th International Rostrum of Composers. During the subsequent year this piece has been broadcast by 23 radio stations from around the world.
The metaphorical title of Narbutaitė’s piece now landed on the cover of the programme presented by the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. Here, we will find even more intriguing names, including the famous Greek composer and architect, Iannis Xenakis, and less-known Swiss composer Frank Martin. No less intriguing is the forthcoming premiere of new piece for cello and strings by Ramūnas Motiekaitis commissioned especially for this festival. The solo cello part in this piece will be performed by Mindaugas Bačkus, artistic director of the KCO, whose talent and artistic ardour have inspired and given voice to quite a few contemporary scores.
Amidst the creative process, Motiekaitis confesses that he is currently “haunted by the vision of string instruments laid on the ground, with rain and snow falling on them.” It seems that he remains faithful to his specific minimalist aesthetic that he has advocated from his earliest pieces.
The programme “Was There a Butterfly?” will be conducted by Swiss conductor Matthias Kuhn who “lets the music breathe,” according to the local daily newspaper. He pursues an active career as a conductor, cellist and teacher, appearing in concerts in Switzerland and abroad and teaching cello, conducting and chamber music at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern.
He will return to the stage of the Klaipėda Concert Hall with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, after his first appearance here in 2015.