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The National Philharmonic launches its 77th concert season with the opening of the Digital Concert Hall

The National Philharmonic launches its 77th concert season with the opening of the Digital Concert Hall

2017-09-13

The National Philharmonic starts its 77th concert season with a symphonic music concert. On September 16th the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Modestas Pitrėnas collaborate with German cellist Johannes Moser. Tonight the German musician begins his intensive 2017–2018 concert season. Concert programme features the pompous march and impressive Concerto for cello and orchestra by Edward Elgar, the foremost English composer active at the juncture of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the First Symphony (Titán) by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler.

From this concert on the National Philharmonic audience will be able to enjoy both live concerts and visits to the Digital Concert Hall. With this new asset the National Philharmonic strengthens its position in the virtual world. The curious ones will find concert recordings at nationalphilharmonic.tv.    

According to Rūta Prusevičienė, the Director General, the National Philharmonic Society is going to boost its different concert activities: open the Digital Concert Hall, maintain interactive communication with the listeners and users of diverse medias in particular social networks, resourcefully carry on with the educational practise in Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities, and the most importantly – responsibly introduce the Lithuanian music culture abroad. The autumn will see the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) touring in India and Thailand, and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (LCO) representing Lithuania in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. More itineraries for our collectives are planned for upcoming year. 

Second year in a row the ambitious plans of the National Philharmonic Society are supported by the patron – a concern Achemos grupė and Dr. Bronislovas Lubys Charity and Support Foundation. The assistance from the patron and sponsors not only encourages exploring new vistas, but also helps to smoothly run the concert season.

From September until December Vilnius audience will be presented with more than 50 concerts. According to Ieva Tamutytė, the Deputy Director, they will take place in the National Philharmonic Hall, the Museum of Applied Arts and Design, the St. Johns’ Church. Several concerts will be offered as part of Music in Trakai Castle Series. Captivating educational programmes (Music Encyclopaedia Live Series, Family Series) will be presented in various cities around Lithuania. 

“Education is one of our priorities, which brings great harvest – the audience grows larger and younger, the communication between composers, performers and listeners becomes much more responsive, the National Philharmonic community grows stronger. Flexible ticket-discount system also contributes to the growing interest of concertgoers, ex. Subscription Grosso, discounts for groups, schoolchildren, students and seniors, etc.” says I. Tamutytė.

What repertoire accents the first half of the 77th concert season brings? After the LNSO’s season opener concert and the orchestra’s collaboration with Yurina Arai, the winner of Jascha Heifetz International Competition for Violinists on September 30th, the LCO and Sergej Krylov will share the stage with harpist Joana Daunytė. October will offer many an interesting chamber music programme including the collaboration of Vilnius String Quartet and pianist Andrius Žlabys on October 25th where the audience will be able to discover the pianist and composer in one. 

The National Philharmonic Society invites contemporary music connoisseurs to several concerts of Gaida Contemporary Music Festival (October 21st and 28th, November 3rd and 4th). As usual, Gaida will present intriguing premieres by Lithuanian composers; celebrate the anniversaries of David Lang and John Adams; host the Lithuanian debut of Sō percussion, one of the leading American percussion groups; offer pianist Lukas Geniušas’ exclusive recital of this year in Lithuania.

The highlight of the autumn season will be the 5th Vilnius Piano Festival in November.  This year’s theme – Wanderers. Its artistic director pianist Mūza Rubackytė has invited a fine group of international pianists, who have not performed in Lithuania before. Great attention will be devoted to young pianists, winners of various competitions. On November 11th – 25th the National Philharmonic Hall will symbolically become a piano music Mecca presenting eight highest-level piano concerts.  

The National Philharmonic Society’s winter season boasts two traditions: Christmas Music Week (December 26th – 29th) and New Year’s Eve Concerts (December 31st). The vocal music aficionados will be treated to British vocal sextet The Queen’s Six on December 27th. 

We will meet more international performers. On November 30th Alternatives will present O/Modern String Quartet and percussionist Evelyn Glennie; on December 16th the LNSO under the baton of M. Pitrėnas will join forces with already familiar Signum Saxophone Quartet; on December 22nd the international project Strings and Air (USA-Lithuania-Spain) will appear in a concert From Classics to Flamenco featuring Lithuanian saxophonist Kęstutis Vaiginis, Mettis String Quartet, Hernan Romero (guitar, vocal) and Rodrigo G. Pahlen (piano, harmonica, percussion).

Don’t miss the concerts-presentations of new CDs! On October 8th Justina Auškelytė (violin) and Cesare Pezzi (piano, Italy) will invite to a concert-presentation of CD featuring Balys Dvarionas’ works for violin and piano (Naxos Records). Our youngest music lovers will be thrilled with the present at the Family Series concert on October 22nd: conductor Robertas Šervenikas, actor Rolandas Kazlas and the LNSO will introduce a CD About Mother Goose, Petia and Wolf and perform Ravel’s orchestral suite Ma mère l'oye and Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale Petia and the Wolf. The LCO, conductor Adrija Čepaitė and various soloists recorded a new CD Music for Chamber Orchestra, presentation of which will be held on November 8th in Vilnius with a concert featuring works by Bronius Kutavičius, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Jurgis Juozapaitis and Algirdas Martinaitis. The LCO will also introduce its new CD in Klaipėda and Kaunas.

 

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