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Will they succeed in surprising the audience?

Will they succeed in surprising the audience?


“You can discover new things with each and every performance of the piece. Most importantly you should never stop searching”, admits Lina Dambrauskaitė, a rising vocal star. This searching and impetuous young soloist appears on various scenes performing music of diverse epochs and genres. On March 29th at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall together with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Austrian conductor Georg Mark she will perform Cleopatra’s aria from Händel’s opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto as well as Aminta’s aria from opera Il re pastore and motet Exsultate, jubilate by Mozart. The programme also features orchestral opuses by R.V. Williams, Dvořák and Haydn.        

Since 2011, Lina Dambrauskaitė has studied the vocal at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Prof. Sigutė Stonytė). While still at school, she took part in various festivals and competitions, twice was a prize-winner in B. Almonaitytė Young Vocalists Festival-Competition (2007, 2010), in 2013 she captured third prize in V. Jonuškaitė-Zaunienė Competition where she was a prize-winner again in 2016. She has appeared with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian National State Symphony Orchestra and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra; toured in Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Macedonia and South Korea. The singer regularly takes part in various projects and festivals. In July 2015, she has represented Lithuanian culture in Expo 2015 in Milan. In Lithuania’s theatres Dambrauskaitė has appeared in operas by Mozart, Händel, Debussy, Julius Juzeliūnas and Lina Lapelytė. In 2017, she performed Semele in Händel’s oratorio Semele at the Baroque Opera Theatre. “It is the biggest role – ten arias, the longest stage-time”, says the singer about Semele, but admits that she cherishes every role she has appeared in so far.

She will share the National Philharmonic stage with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. Conductor Georg Mark will lead the musicians in the programme named after Mozart’s motet Exsultate, jubilate. Salzburg native and greatly admired by the Lithuanian audience, Maestro studied conducting and violin at the Vienna Conservatory. He also pursued studies in musicology, philosophy and psychology at the University of Vienna. He has worked with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Nagano Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nippon Yomiuri Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Toulouse, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Radio Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the Graz Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra among others. The conductor has led orchestras in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Japan, South Korea, Venezuela and Russia. Alongside Russian music, where the emphasis is on Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and Berg are central to his repertoire.

Georg Mark and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra will also offer R.V. Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for string orchestra, Dvořák’s Nocturne for string orchestra in B flat major, Op. 40, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G major, Hob. I:94 (The Surprise). Why Haydn’s Symphony No 94 is entitled The Surprise? Because of the sudden fortissimo chord on the week beat of the measure at the end of the otherwise piano opening theme in the second movement, Andante (it immediately awakens a slumbering listener). In German it is commonly referred to as the Symphony “mit dem Paukenschlag” – “with the kettledrum stroke”. Haydn admitted that he was interested in surprising the audience with something new. Will he succeed in surprising the 21st-century audience? We will see. 

The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, soloist Lina Dambrauskaitė (soprano) and conductor Georg Mark (Austria) will present concert Exsultate, jubilate on Wednesday 29 March, at 19.00 in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall.

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