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The Red Violin

The Red Violin

2018 October 20, Saturday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
(artistic director and principal conductor Modestas Pitrėnas)
The Red Violin

JOHN PAUL CORIGLIANO – Concerto for violin and orchestra Red Violin Concerto (dedicated to the composer’s 80th anniversary)
GUSTAV MAHLER – Symphony No. 4 in G major for soprano and orchestra

Tonight’s symphonic music concert has a feminine touch – the podium will be graced by Keri-Lynn Wilson, a Canadian conductor born in Winnipeg, while Lithuanian violinist Rūta Lipinaitytė will star as a soloist. At the age 21 as a flutist Wilson made her debut in the prestigious Carnegie Hall; while still a student she was invited to assist the legendary Master of the baton Claudio Abbado at the Salzburg Festival. In 2014–2015, she acted as the music director of the National Slovenian Philharmonic. Recently, she has been enjoying invitations to lead opera productions in various theatres. Rūta Lipinaitytė, a winner of Jascha Heifetz International Competition, the First International Duo Competition in Sweden, the International Competition Remember G. Enescu in Romania, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Orchestra Academy, the International Competition for Young Musicians Petar Konjovic in Serbia as well as four national young performers’ competitions and the Yamaha Music Foundation Competition, is avid champion of rarely performed repertoire. For example, in spring of 2016 together with the LNSO the violinist presented the National Philharmonic audience with seemingly unknown Violin Concerto by Joseph Achron, a Jewish composer born in Lazdijai. While in the US Achron performed with legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz. This time Lipinaitytė introduces Concerto for violin and orchestra The Red Violin by John Paul Corigliano, a contemporary American composer (b. 1938), a graduate of Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music. His father was the principal violin of the New York Philharmonic for 23 years. John Paul Corigliano’s scores have won him the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, five Grammy Awards, the coveted Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and an Oscar! The latter award was garnered in 1999 for the music for François Girard’s The Red Violin. Portions of the score were used in his Violin Concerto (2003).

This programme also features the Fourth Symphony by Mahler, Austrian composer active at the juncture of the 19th and 20th centuries. His Fourth Symphony is built around a song, a vocal miniature for voice and orchestra The Heavenly Life (Das himmlische Leben) from The Boy’s Magic Horn (Des Knaben Wunderhorn), a collection of German folk poems and songs edited by Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano. The song determined the nature of the symphony. Hence the chamber-like fibre of the music, hence the composer’s treatment of the orchestra as a moderately sized ensemble. And soprano enhances the music even more.


Ticket prices
10, 15, 20, 30 Eur

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