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Start of the Event: 6.30 PM
Venue: Klaipėda Concert Hall Ground Floor Foyer
Darynn Zimmer (soprano, USA), Gabrielius Alekna (piano, Lithuania / USA)
Programme: Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Lori Laitman, Ricky Ian Gordon, Leonard Bernstein
Best known to the music lovers in his native Lithuania and further afield for his remarkable appearances with the orchestras, live recitals and recorded performances, pianist Gabrielius Alekna sets out to explore the genre of vocal chamber music, in which he will accompany an experienced singer, Darynn Zimmer, who is his fellow New Yorker and Juilliard graduate, actively engaged as an opera and chamber singer, recording artist, producer and educator. The programme “Before You Vanish” was named after the song by the composer they both admire – French impressionist Claude Debussy whose centennial anniversary of death we will celebrate this year. His music presents a delectable blend of symbolist imagery and ephemeral impressionist colours, a surprising combination of thrilling freedom in the use of expressive means and well-thought-out formal design. The programme consists of art songs and solo piano works by Debussy’s precursors Gabriel Fauré, Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf, as well as by American composers, from the late Leonard Bernstein (marking the centennial of his birth) to the living composers Ricky Ian Gordon and Lori Laitman, of Lithuanian heritage, whose works will be given European premieres.