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Seasons of the 21st Century

Seasons of the 21st Century

2019 March 16, Saturday, 19.00
Compensa Concert Hall, Vilnius
Soloist ROMAN KIM (violin)
Seasons of the 21st Century

ARVO PÄRT – Swansong

GEDIMINAS GELGOTAS – Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1


The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra shares the stage with the NICO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) founded in 2006 by composer and conductor Gediminas Gelgotas. It is a string ensemble whose members incorporate choreography and acting in their performances thus creating a unique performing format, which can be labelled ‘visualised music’. “On the conceptual level their music-making reminds an Apple model in a computer world: a programme that is charged with emotion, sensitive and transfixing relationship with the consumer, i.e. audience, design, i.e. exquisite attire. In other words, the string players from Lithuania and their leader Gelgotas simply conquered the listeners at the closing concert of the International Minimalist Music Festival in Kassel”, wrote W. Fritsch, a critic with Hessische Allgemeine,in 2011. Terry Riley, an American minimalist star, was also fascinated with the NICO and Gelgotas’ music: “What you do is truly compelling. I like when musicians play by heart. I like your sensitive vibrato and attention to purity of sound. It appeals to me that it is important to you, and that you are hungry for music that spreads peace”.

The Lithuanian performers team up with Roman Kim, a violinist of Tatar, Belarus and Korean heritage born in Kazakhstan and currently residing in Germany. To this day the violinist is greatly influenced by the art of the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. In addition, Kim composes and also performs transcriptions of classical works.

Tonight’s programme features contemporary compositions by Arvo Pärt and Gediminas Gelgotas as well as Max Richter’s contemporary approach to Baroque Master Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Ticket prices
15, 20, 30, 50 Eur

Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Address: Aušros vartų st. 5, LT-01304 Vilnius, Lietuva
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