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Algirdas Martinaitis. The Book of Memory

Algirdas Martinaitis. The Book of Memory

To mark the Year of the Jews of Lithuania and the 70th anniversary of composer Algirdas Martinaitis
2020 June 2, Tuesday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Vilnius
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Performers
Soloists:
NERIJUS MASEVIČIUS (bass)
EGIDIJUS DAUSKURDIS (bass)
RIDAS JASIULIONIS (narrator)
IRMANTAS JANKAITIS (narrator)
KAUNAS STATE CHOIR
Artistic director and principal conductor Petras Bingelis
CHOIR OF THE NATIONAL M. K. ČIURLIONIS SCHOOL OF ART
Director Romualdas Gražinis
VIOLIN ENSEMBLE OF THE NATIONAL M. K. ČIURLIONIS SCHOOL OF ART
Director Artūras Šilalė
Programme
Algirdas Martinaitis. The Book of Memory

ALGIRDAS MARTINAITIS – Sefer Zikaron for soloists, narrators, choir and orchestra (The Book of Memory, text from the Old Testament, by Moses Maimonides, and from documentary accounts)

The Vilnius Festival’s second concert will commemorate two important anniversaries of Lithuanian culture. Marking the Year of the History of Jews of Lithuania, the Festival’s program features a vocal-symphonic composition with the symbolic title Book of Memory (Sefer Zikaron) composed in 2005 by Lithuanian composer Algirdas Martinaitis celebrating his 70th anniversary this year. In the 1980s, Martinaitis published several of his literary works under the pseudonym of Martynas Raseinis (poetry under this pseudonym was last published in 1988). Poetry, prose and sounds of music are closely intertwined in the creative path of this Lithuanian composer; Martinaitis was one of the artists who had a special interest in poetry, constructing his lyrics from words as an “instrumentation” of a musical work. This talent is also reflected in his music, he often chooses his own literary texts for his works (eg Cantus ad futurum). In Sefer Zikaron, programmed at the Vilnius Festival, Martinaitis also originally combines telling lines from texts of the Old Testament and Moses Maimonides. The opus is dedicated to the memory of Holocaust, therefore fragments of testimonies of the Jewish tragedy and horror of genocide are deliberately inserted between the texts.

Tonight, impressive Lithuanian performing forces – soloists, narrators, children’s and adult choirs, children’s ensemble and symphony orchestra – are led by Maestro Robertas Šervenikas, an ardent champion of Lithuanian music, the first conductor of many Lithuanian composers’ works, who has recorded several dozens of contemporary music CDs.

Ticket prices
10, 20, 30, 40 Eur
 
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