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Immortal music

Immortal music

2021 June 15, Tuesday, 16.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Vilnius
Organizer:

Concert moved from 7 June 2020, the tickets remain valid

Performers
LATVIAN RADIO CHOIR
(artistic director and principal conductor Sigvards Kļava)
KĘSTUTIS VAIGINIS SAXOPHONE QUARTET (Lithuania, Latvia):
KĘSTUTIS VAIGINIS (soprano saxophone)
VYTAUTAS LABUTIS (alto saxophone)
ROBERTS MARTINOVSKIS (tenor saxophone)
ARVYDAS KAZLAUSKAS (baritone saxophone)
Conductor SIGVARDS KĻAVA
Programme
Immortal music

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH–KNUT NYSTEDT – Immortal Bach
ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS–MOTHER TERESA – A Drop in the Ocean
ARVO PÄRT – Nunc Dimittis
PER NØRGÅRD – Wiigen-Lied (Lullaby) from the cycle Wie ein Kind (Like a Child)
GIYA KANCHELI – Amao Omi (performance dedicated to the memory of Giya Kancheli)
ANDERS HILLBORG – Muo:aa:yiy:oum
PĒTER VASKS – Zīles ziņa (The Message of the Tit)





Choral music concerts are rare phenomena in the history of Vilnius Festival. Hence, this year the Festival will resound with distinctly colourful voices and unique program. The concert, which could not take place last year due to the pandemic, will bring together Lithuanian musicians and their loyal partner – the Grammy winner Latvian Radio Choir, led by Sigvards Kļava for many years. The choir was described by the American Washington Post as an ensemble of “extremely strong musical power”, and Australia’s The Advertiser named it “one of the most outstanding choirs in the world”. In 2020, the collective celebrated its 80th anniversary. Although the pandemic hampered a large number of concerts planned to mark the anniversary, the choir ended the year with a new, already 17th, album (Ondine), featuring unique choral works by Anton Bruckner, the great symphonist of the 19th century. The choir also released a CD (Prima classic) of sacred works by composers of various epochs recorded with Sinfonietta Riga, opera soloist Marina Rebeka and Lithuanian conductor Modestas Pitrėnas.

The Latvian Radio Choir pays special attention to the promulgation of works by contemporary composers. It has participated in contemporary music festivals in Vilnius several times where among other compositions it performed the latest works by Lithuanian composers. This time at the Vilnius Festival, the choir presents a special programme of the most beautiful choral compositions of today – from Knut Nystedt’s composition, affirming Bach’s immortality and resounding with the chants of the Baroque genius, to Anders Hillborg’s Muo:aa:yiy:oum, which enchants and immerses one in colourful soundwaves. A special highlight of the concert will be the performance of the work Amao Omi by the famous Georgian composer Giya Kancheli (1935–2019). This performance is a tribute to the composer, who left this world two years ago. The voices of the choir are complemented by the timbres of the saxophone quartet and the expressive reliefs of their texture lending this thoughtful and bright opus a special colour. Formed by Kęstutis Vaiginis, one of the most famous Lithuanian saxophonists, the quartet involving Lithuanian and Latvian musicians shares the stage with the Latvian Radio Choir.

Ticket prices
10, 20, 30, 40 Eur
 
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