JUOZAS ŽILEVIČIUS – Symphony in F minor (arranged and instrumented by Arvydas Malcys)
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY – Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
EMĪLS DĀRZIŅŠ – Melanholiskais valsis (Melancholy Waltz)
EDVARD GRIEG – Peer Gynt Suite
On the eve of the Restitution of Independence of Lithuania the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra presents a romantic music programme spotlighting the cultural kinship and collaboration between Lithuanians and Latvians. The audience will hear Symphony in F minor by Juozas Žilevičius, an organist, conductor, pedagogue and composer active in the beginning of the 20th c. whose music is seldom performed on stage. Žilevičius wrote this opus in 1919 while studying in Sankt Petersburg. A few years later the composition was premiered in Kaunas and is considered to be the first Lithuanian symphony. Sadly, the score perished in fire in Šiauliai during the war. Arvydas Malcys, a composer and cellist with the LNSO, revived the opus (edition and orchestration).
Emīls Dārziņš’, a contemporary of Čiurlionis and Žilevičius, the only extant symphonic score Melanholiskais valsis (Melancholy Waltz) and young talent Kārlis Bukovskis, currently studying the piano and composition at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School, represent the concert’s Latvian accents. The young pianist will perform Tchaikovsky’s renowned Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor, the stunning recognition of which was prompted by Hans von Bülow in Boston in 1875. Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, a concert stage fixture for almost 130 years, will enhance tonight’s romantic programme. The orchestra will be led by Modestas Barkauskas, a recipient of the bronze baton at the prestigious 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice.