The “Evening Bells” will start ringing at 6pm, featuring Kęstutis Kačinskas at the carillon. The carillonneur is not only known for his regular appearances in Klaipėda, which average 50 concerts per year. He has also given more than 60 concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United States. He also composes and arranges music for carillon.
Among the participants of this programme are also the Klaipėda Brass Quintet, under the artistic leadership of Sigitas Petrulis, and the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras,” under the artistic leadership of Alfonsas Vildžiūnas. Ingrida Spalinskaitė-Kurienė will perform the percussion part.
The spotlight of this programme falls on three new pieces written by Lithuanian composers especially for the festival.
Vaida Striaupaitė-Beinarienė dedicated her piece Varpas (The Bell) to the 30th anniversary of Lithuania’s Independence. In her opinion, “the bell has not only spiritual but also symbolical meaning in the Lithuanian folklore. At all times it was a symbol of faith and hope. The bell is also a token of national revival in the poem Varpas by Vincas Kudirka, which I have chosen as a text for my piece.”
Antanas Kučinskas, in his new work Danse Macabre, employed intonations and texts borrowed from Lithuanian devotional hymns – kantičkos – and wove them into a complex polyphonic texture of gradually rising tension, adding also parts for brass instruments and bells, which both have spiritual meaning.
Born and raised in the wind-battered city of Klaipėda, Ieva Parnarauskaitė is just about to complete her bachelor degree in composition at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. She confesses to have been always fascinated by the sound of the bells. Her new composition Palaiminimas (Blessing) is written for bells and choir moving through the space.