The programme “Less Is More” will put us under the spell of minimalist music. It is presented by a group of enthusiastic musicians from Klaipėda: pianists Gaivilė Simaitytė and Kristina Budvytytė-Mejerė and the string quartet of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. The soloist, soprano Dovilė Kazonaitė, also hails from Klaipėda, even though she now lives in Vilnius.
The programme opens with the poetic Last Divertimento of Autumn by Zigmas Virkšas from Klaipėda and ends with the alluring piece for string quartet Oh, Darling by Vidmantas Bartulis from Kaunas. A piece by Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen will offer yet another variation of theatrical element in music.
The rest of the programme is mostly comprised of works by American minimalist composers, including Philip Glass’s famous Four Movements for piano duo and the wonderful Simple Song#3 by David Lang, which was featured in the award-winning film Youth by Paolo Sorrentino. Especially for this concert Lang, who was the featured composer at last year’s festival, wrote a version of this song for soprano, violin and piano. The programme will also include his ark luggage for soprano and string quartet, set to a text by Peter Greenaway, which lists 92 things Noah took along with him during the flood.
Once you get under the spell of minimalist music, you can hardly resist its gripping power. Listening to repetitions of simple rhythmic and melodic patterns, like watching the patterns of clouds or running water, is very relaxing and inviting to casually enjoy what is just happening here and now.