Night Serenades 2018
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra Summer Series
In the beginning of August, the Night Serenades will return, for the 47th time, to Palanga, one of the most beautiful seaside resorts on the Baltic coast. The annual series of outdoor concerts presented by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (LCO) on the terrace of the Palanga Amber Museum has become a prominent gathering place for classical musicians and music lovers in the charming surroundings of the museum’s botanical gardens, ever since the first event was held here by the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society in 1971.
The neoclassical palace in the vicinity of the Baltic sea, built for the family of Count Felix Tyszkiewicz at the end of the 19th century, and spectacular gardens designed by the then famous French landscape architect and horticulturalist Édouard François André make up a delightful backdrop to the performances of classical masterpieces, which attract not only numerous visitors and holidaymakers, but also internationally acclaimed musicians from all over the world.
During the forty-five years of its existence, the Night Serenades featured an illustrious roster of national and international musicians who have shared the stage with the festival’s resident Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, including violinists Gidon Kremer, Sergej Krylov, Oleg Kagan, Tatiana Grindenko, Susanna Yoko Henkel and Vilhelmas Čepinskis; violist Maxim Rysanov; cellists Natalia Gutman, Karine Georgian, Mark Drobinsky, Vytautas Sondeckis and Denis Shapovalov; flautist Sefika Kutluer; clarinettist Eddy Vanoosthuyse; and trumpeter Andrei Kavalinsky, among many others.
The festival was conceived and achieved wide renown thanks the initiative and effort of late Prof. Saulius Sondeckis, a founding artistic director and conductor of the LCO. The Orchestra currently continues this lasting tradition of organising summer concert series in Palanga under the leadership of its new artistic director and conductor, violinist Sergej Krylov, whose artistic goals successfully combine respectful relationship towards tradition and daring exploration of innovative ideas in terms of repertoire and programming.
Listening to magnificent classics, performed by the LCO together with the star-studded line-up of guest soloists for the forty-fifth season in a row, in the alfresco setting of the palace’s southern terrace overlooking the rose garden, has turned into something of a local custom. It has retained the authentic spirit and aura of a living tradition, which has been continuously shaped not only by the orchestra musicians, soloists, conductors and the most refined music they had performed but also by the place itself and the audience.
As if taking inspiration from the neoclassical features of the Tyszkiewicz palace, the LCO usually programs classical works that resonate with the place and time and thus may be termed as ‘little night music’. This year the festival offers four nights of convivial musical moods that get intertwined in a polyphonic patchwork of works from distinct stylistic epochs, ranging from Baroque to contemporary music.
Organised by Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society
With partial sponsorship from the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Palanga Municipality
Resident Orchestra: LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor: SERGEJ KRYLOV (violin)
Palanga Amber Museum (Vytauto g. 17, Palanga)
Note: Terrace of the Palanga Amber Museum (Vytauto g. 17, Palanga). In the event of rain, concerts will be held indoors, at the Fireplace Hall.
Director of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
Tel: +370 5 266 52 25
Fax: +370 5 266 52 70
All concerts start at 8 pm.
Full price tickets at EUR 10