Events and tours

Was There a Butterfly?

2020 September 30 Past event
1 h 50 min
10 Eur
Start of the Event: 6.30 pm 
Place of the event: Klaipėda Concert Hall
Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director and Soloist Mindaugas Bačkus(cello)
Conductor Matthias Kuhn (Switzerland)
Programme: Frank Martin, Iannis Xenakis, Ramūnas Motiekaitis (world premiere), Onutė Narbutaitė

“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.
The concert goers showing symptoms of acute respiratory infections (cold or flu like symptoms), experiencing fever (37.3ºC and more) or other signs of infectious diseases shall not be admitted to the events and no claims for ticket refunds shall be accepted.
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Children under age 7 are not admitted to the evening concerts. The Klaipėda Concert Hall offers special educational projects for the pre-school children and their parents.