As winter approaches, the eye catches announcements here and there, inviting to the events described as carnivals. At this time of year these are popular not only among pre-school kids and schoolchildren but also among employees and party planners. Of course, some carnivals have become famous around the world. The most celebrated among these is perhaps the Carnival of Venice, drawing thousands of masked people each year to this ancient Mediterranean city.
But have you ever heard about the carnival of music performers? The “Carnival of the Clarinettists” is one of such events. It will be held in Klaipėda on the last Friday of November. The organisers will throw a lavish feast to all who play the clarinet or like to listen to its velvety sound. The programme will also feature a competition between the two professional clarinet quartets from Vilnius and Riga, in which music and fraternity will doubtless prevail over masterful playing.
The clarinettists will share the stage with the Musica Humama Ensemble that happens to have no clarinettist in its current line-up. The ensemble will accompany in the performances of Classical, Romantic and contemporary works.
The artistic director of the ensemble and initiator of this programme, Robertas Beinaris, says “it is the first time that the ensemble will appear on stage together with as much as eight clarinettists. The idea for this programme has been developed through close collaboration with Latvian musicians. Our aim is to draw the traditions of playing on woodwind instruments in our neighbouring countries closer together and to demonstrate them to the audiences in the most convincing setting. We plan to present this programme not only in Lithuania but also in Latvia. This time we place clarinet in the centre stage. Why this particular instrument? You will have to attend this concert to hear the answer…”