In anticipation of Christmas we invite our little listeners to take part in the “Christmas Carnival of the Animals”! This colourful concert for the whole family will feature young talented musicians supported by the Mstislav Rostropovich Charity and Support Foundation, performing alongside the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. Vilmantas Kaliūnas, who has been educated and pursued a career as both oboist and conductor, is ardently involved in collaborations with young musicians in Lithuania and Germany where he has resided for more than two decades.
The Carnival of the Animals is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns who regarded this work as a piece of fun. Each movement represents a different animal or animals in their characteristic scenes, for example: “Introduction and the Royal March of the Lion,” “Hens and
Roosters,” “The Elephant,” “Kangourous,” “Aquarium,” and, of course, “The Swan.” The latter is perhaps the most well-known and frequently performed movement of the suite, in which the cello plays a lushly romantic solo part.
The suite will be performed with fun surprises including verses especially written by American poet Ogden Nash to accompany each movement of the suite. Translated into Lithuanian by Kornelijus Platelis.
The little ones can attend this concert wearing masks and costumes representing characters of the Carnival of the Animals and turn it into even more exciting experience!