At noon, the “Midday Bells,” played by Klaipėda-based carillonneur Stanislovas Žilevičius, will announce the beginning of the festival. Having recently celebrated his 70th anniversary, Žilevičius has been the loyal servant and promoter of this majestic instrument for almost three decades. He can be also frequently heard perform in other Lithuanian towns, with occasional appearances in Europe and the United States.
In his programmes, he often combines carillon with other (electro)acoustic instruments and larger groups, such as chamber orchestra and choir. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. He is also active as an author of instructional publications on carillon playing, composer and arranger of works for carillon.
In autumn 2019, the Klaipėda Concert Hall launched an educational project “Discover the Carillon,” which provides gifted young musicians with an opportunity to get to know the instrument and learn how to play it under the tutelage of Žilevičius. Selected participants of this project – Ignas Vydeika, Vilius Aleinikovas, and Gintarė Valionytė – will make their debuts in their first public appearance at this festival. Gintarė who currently studies composition in Vilnius will also perform the premiere of her new piece Nerimas išnyks (Anxiety will go away).