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The valleys and summits of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society’s 76th spring

The valleys and summits of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society’s 76th spring


Having stepped into the 2017, the National Philharmonic Society carries on with the 76th season and invites to join an intensive musical journey over mountains and valleys this spring. The dynamic journey begins this Saturday 14 January when the listeners get a special opportunity to get closer acquainted with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO). In traditional concert Orchestra Zoomed In talented string and wind players of the orchestra will collaborate with the orchestra and showcase their soloist skills in seldom performed opuses. Modestas Pitrėnas, the orchestra’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, will grace the podium.

And what will be the itinerary of the musical journey? According to Rūta Prusevičienė, the Director General of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, with an abundance of music events available for Lithuanian listeners the National Philharmonic Society will aspire to combine the latest music world pulse and the audience’s demand with tested values and traditions built over the 76 years. Therefore, in the music valleys the audience will be able to enjoy the proven and favoured elements of the wholesome Lithuanian music landscape – symphonic and chamber music programmes featuring our outstanding performers, as well as recitals, staged concerts of the Family Series, premieres and beloved music treasures, and also appearances of international masters.

For those longing for music mountains and summits the National Philharmonic offers five concerts. On occasion of the Grand Chinese New Year on February 3rd we will welcome guests from China. The Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang from southern China and the Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra from northern China will represent music culture of the country. Both collectives, the winners of the China National Arts Foundation competition, will invite the Lithuanian audience to symbolically embark on the journey overthe legendary Silk Road.

On February 11th the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra will present an impressive programme comprising four concertos for violin. The solo parts in Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gija Kanchelli concertos will alternate between Lithuania’s favourite Sergej Krylov, the first violin with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Kremerata Baltica Džeraldas Bidva, and guests from Switzerland Pavel Vernikov and Svetlana Makarova.          

On February 18th Vilnius will host Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica. One of Europe’s finest international orchestras celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. This concert in Vilnius will mark two anniversaries: the Orchestra’s and Kremer’s personal. This appearance will also be part of the 5th International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists.

On March 25th the National Philharmonic will mark the 90th anniversary of legendary Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich. Together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Maestro’s colleagues violinist Sergej Krylov and conductor Robertas Šervenikas will pay tribute to this illustrious personality by performing works by Dmitry Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev.

The season will culminate on May 19th with Carl Orff’s impassionate scenic cantata Carmina burana, and highlight of the season’s closing concert will be appearance of the harpist Xavier de Maistre.

For those who are looking for rarely presented genres Ieva Tamutytė, the Deputy Director at the National Philharmonic Society, recommends not to miss choral music concerts and recitals. The rarity lovers will enjoy Lithuania Dear featuring Kaunas State Choir led by Maestro Petras Bingelis on March 11th, and a joined concert of the renowned Zurich Boys’ Choir and Ąžuoliukas Boys’ and Youth Choir led by Vytautas Miškinis on April 25th. Hamburg State Opera soloist Katerina Tretyakova and pianist Ricardo Estrada will give a recital on February 8th, and celebrated cellist Alexander Ramm and pianist Darius Mažintas will appear on March 15th. Special occasions and jubilees will also be observed. On February 16th the National Philharmonic Society will hold the traditional gala concert patronised by Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, on April 1st – Kaskados Trio will mark its 20th anniversary, and on April 22nd composer Arvydas Malcys will celebrate his 60th anniversary.

During this half year the National Philharmonic Society plans to present over 60 concerts. They will take place not only in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, but also Museum of Applied Art and Design, various churches in Vilnius, Trakai Castle Great Hall, as well as the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre Litexpo. Equal number of concerts will be held around Lithuania. The performers and educators will take Music Encyclopaedia Live project to Lithuania’s cities and towns.

The National Philharmonic Society will take part in Vilnius Book Fair presenting concerts and releases including the latest CD Orchestra’s French Divertissement featuring the LNSO and pianist Lukas Geniušas led by Modestas Pitrėnas (Jacques Ibert, Maurice Ravel, Georges Bizet). 

Connoisseurs of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music will be welcomed to the biannual J. S. Bach Music Festival initiated by Musica humana Ensemble and its Artistic Director Prof. Algirdas Vizgirda. Having opened with the concert at the All Saints’ Church on January 8th the festival will spread over several months.

Paying particular attention to youth and its opportunities to enter the Big stage the National Philharmonic invites to a concert as part of Atžalynas concert series on March 12th in which the LNSO will share the stage with younger generation soloists Bernardas Petrauskas (violin), Monika Boreikaitė (oboe), Jurgis Aleknavičius (piano) and conductor Karolis Variakojis; as well as the collaboration of the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts symphony orchestra and pianist Ignas Maknickas on April 19th. The Winners on Stage on March 18th will introduce yet another talented tandem – Rimvydas Savickas (clarinet) and conductor Tung-Chieh Chuang, the winner of the 2015 Malko Competition in Copenhagen, appearing with the LNSO. The appearances of talented youth will keep the audience enchanted throughout spring.

Ardent Philharmonic goers have noticed that young soloists have frequented the Big stage, and, indeed, young blood has invigorated the collectives of the National Philharmonic Society in particular the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Having overtaken the LNSO’s helm from the orchestra’s mentor Maestro Juozas Domarkas, its new Artistic Director Modestas Pirėnas has infected the collective with enthusiasm. Rejuvenated LNSO delves into new programmes and will present 17 concerts at the National Philharmonic Hall. Among the highlights of the season featuring Lithuanian soloists and choirs led by the LNSO’s Honorary Conductor Maestro Juozas Domarkas – Arthur Honegger’s gigantic oratorio Le Roi Davidcombiningcompositional techniques ranging from Gregorian chant to Baroque to jazz performed on January 21st.

The rest of collectives of the National Philharmonic Society will also manage active concert itineraries. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Musica humana Ensemble as well as Vilnius String Quartet and Čiurlionis Quartet will indulge audiences with new programmes.

For the planning and organising this season’s intensive itinerary of the musical journey the National Philharmonic Society is indebted to the season’s sponsor Concern Achema Group and Dr. Bronislovas Lubys Charity and Support Foundation. The National Philharmonic Society is delighted by the enlivened interactive communication with the concertgoers and users of various medias in particular social networking. Thus the listeners are invited to follow our latest news and enjoy concerts. For more information please visit   

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