In this concert we will meet the Giunter Percussion Ensemble, under the artistic leadership of Pavel Giunter, and the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras” under the baton of Alfonsas Vildžiūnas. The programme features works that demonstrate a fascinating combination of voices and percussion instruments.
The music for percussion instruments can be extremely varied, affecting both senses and intellect, charging us with energy and freeing our imaginations. The arsenal and repertories of percussion instruments have expanded significantly since the beginning of the 20th century, which saw the emancipation of the percussionists’ role in the composition of the symphony orchestra and the emergence of percussion ensembles which encouraged composers to write new works for percussion instruments alone.
Sometimes composers choose to write music for percussion and choir. Lithuanian Jonas Tamulionis and American Gene Koshinski can be mentioned among such composers. In 2012, Koshinski was named the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize for his Concerto for Marimba and Choir (with percussion). Andrius Rekašius, an accomplished percussionist hailing from the Klaipėda region, will perform marimba solo part in this composition.
Tamulionis has likewise garnered numerous prizes at international competitions for his choral and instrumental works. In his Missa africana for mixed choir and percussion instruments (2005), he made use of rhythms and melodies from the Dark Continent.
Drumming and singing belong to the oldest musical traditions in the world. You are most welcome to learn more by attending this concert!