The programme “Spring Serenade,” presented by the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra (KCO), offers a rare opportunity to meet an outstanding musician, cellist and conductor David Geringas. Mindaugas Bačkus, Artistic Director of the KCO, says “last year Geringas became the face of the International Klaipėda Cello Competition because he granted the right to use his name for the event. Thus Klaipėda became a very important spot on the map of his worldwide concert tours. He returns to Klaipėda every year. This time he will return with a programme that combines Romantic and modern music and involves as many as four soloists. The featured works belong to the golden treasury of music for string orchestra, although they only rarely occur in our concert programmes.”
These will include Bohuslav Martinů’s Concertino for piano trio and string orchestra. Since it calls for three soloists, Bačkus invited members of the Kaskados Piano Trio – violinist Rusnė Mataitytė, cellist Edmundas Kulikauskas and pianist Albina Šikšniūtė – who have earned wide acclaim for their professionalism, an acute sense of ensemble and unique artistic vision.
Geringas also included Édouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor and entrusted the solo part to Rugilė Juknevičiūtė who has become finalist of the 2nd International Klaipėda Cello Competition last year. The young cello starlet studies at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts with Domas Jakštas and currently is among the scholarship holders of the Mstislav Rostropovich Charity and Support Foundation “Support for the Children of Lithuania.”
This programme will feature two serenades for strings: Josef Suk’s Serenade in the beginning and Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade as a closing piece, fascinating by its melodiousness, lightness, pure and airy sound. “Spring Serenade” offers its listeners moments of sublime aural beauty.