Some sneered, while others burst in praise when Vytautas Bacevičius had his Electric Poem, an orchestral work having absorbed the influences of “mechanistic poetry” and the aesthetic of constructivism, premiered in Kaunas – the then capital city of Lithuania – in 1934. Heedless of the public responses, Bacevičius was “concerned with capturing the elements of life, which characterize the spirit of the 20th century. The main feature of this work is the incredibly active pulse of life and machinism, which characterize our electric age.”
Named after Bacevičius’s ground-breaking work, this programme presented by maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra will also feature the Joys of Spring by Bronius Kutavičius, which owes inspiration to the poem by Kristijonas Donelaitis. Kutavičius scored his work for symphony orchestra, while admitting that “pebbles, ocarinas, bows and straw whistle would better suit Donelaitis.”
In this programme the orchestra will team up with the soloist who has received both public and critical acclaim and 2015 International Opera Awards Young Singer of the Year, Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Justina Gringytė. Pursuing an international career and calling herself a perfectionist, she appears at the world’s major opera houses and concert venues and sings principal roles in the productions of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Vilnius City Opera. She has enthralled audiences and received high praise for her “knockout technique” (The Times) and “thunderously powerful voice” (The Telegraph).