At noon, the “Midday Bells,” played by Klaipėda-based carillonneurs, will announce the beginning of the festival. First, we will welcome Stanislovas Žilevičius who 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.
Kęstutis Kačinskas is another long-standing servant of the carillon, presenting over fifty concerts per year in Klaipėda. He has also given more than sixty carillon concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United States. He also composes and arranges music for carillon, and has recently been appointed choirmaster of the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras.”
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 Stanislovas Žilevičius. The participants of this year’s classes included Ignas Vydeika (Stasys Šimkus Conservatory), Vilius Aleinikovas (Eduardas Balsys Gymnasium of Arts) and Gintarė Valionytė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre). They will also take part in the opening concert of the Klaipėda Carillon Festival.