Night Bells

Klaipėda carillon festival

Date of the event: 2022 June 24
Start of the event: 9 pm 
Place of the event: Courtyard of the Klaipėda Clock and Watch Museum
Monika Kaźmierczak (carillon, Poland)
Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director Mindaugas Bačkus
Soloist Artūras Šukys (clarinet) 

Soloist Artūras Šukys (clarinet)
With the participation of Ingrida Spalinskaitė-Kurienė (percussion)
Conductor Tomas Ambrozaitis
Programme: Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė (world premiere), Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz (world premiere), Marti Carreras, Paweł Mykietyn, Krzysztof Falkowski, Elżbieta Sikora, Geert D'hollander
A concert announced and commented by musicologist Veronika Janatjeva. 

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As dusk will fall, the “Night Bells” will close the festival programme with the appearance of Monika Kaźmierczak at the carillon. Kaźmierczak is well familiar to the audiences in Klaipėda through her participation in previous editions of the Klaipėda Carillon Festival. Educated as a choral conductor, music theorist and carillonneur, she has won prizes in several international carillon competitions and performed regularly in Poland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Belgium, the United States and elsewhere. She is an ardent promoter and commissioner of new works for carillon, performing them regularly not only in Poland, but also abroad. She currently teaches carillon at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdansk and is also active as programmer of many events dedicated to carillon music in Gdansk, including the annual carillon festival – the only event of this kind in Poland. For several years she has been president of the Polish Carillon Society. Last year she was named the recipient of the 2020 Splendor Gedanensis, an award of the City of Gdańsk in the field of culture, given to her in acknowledgment of her achievements in promotion of the carillion culture through the variety of concerts and efforts to enter it on the National List of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

As a matter of interest, the old Baltic seaport of Gdansk boasts as many as three sets of carillon bells. One of these instruments, a traveling carillon, visited Klaipėda in 2016.

Monika Kaźmierczak will perform works for solo carillon by Polish composers Paweł Mykietyn, Krzysztof Falkowski, and Elżbieta Sikora. She will also join the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra in the first performances of some newly written works and Lithuanian premieres, which is the greatest attraction of this concert.

Conductor Tomas Ambrozaitis, Chief Conductor of the Klaipėda State Music Theatre, was invited to ensure the harmonious combination of the carillon played by Monika Kaźmierczak in the tower and the orchestra playing on an open-air stage mounted in the courtyard of the Klaipėda Clock and Watch Museum. The string orchestra will be also joined by percussionist Ingrida Spalinskaitė-Kurienė and clarinettist Artūras Šukys. Both musicians are members of the Klaipėda State Music Theatre Symphony Orchestra.

One of the newly written works featured in this programme is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Klaipėda Concert Hall and the Lithuanian Composers‘ Union. This year a composer from Klaipėda, Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė, answered the call to contribute new works for carillon and composed a piece for carillon and string orchestra, entitled For Whom the Bells Toll. Polish composer Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz is visiting the Klaipėda Carillon Festival for the third time and is happy to present her new piece Solaris II for carillon, string orchestra and timpani. The programme will continue with the Lithuanian premieres of pieces by Spanish composer Marti Carreras (Caelesti Lumine) and Belgian composer Geert D'hollander (Elegy).