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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Čiurlionis Quartet at Trakai Island Castle

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week from November 17 to November 23

November 18-21

International Accordion Festival; various Vilnius venues;

Accordion music in Lithuania originated from folk music. Having been in action for over two decades, the International Accordion Festival has sold-out halls and proved the true worth, of the accordion – especially its versatility and attractiveness. Today the accordion repertoire is said to be fascinating its audience with a variety of genres and its performers’ outstanding virtuosity and concert geography. The accordion appears in concert halls performing transcriptions of baroque and classical masterpieces, original contemporary music, folklore, jazz and tango, French chanson, techno, electronic, experimental and world music.

This year the International Accordion Festival in Vilnius will host accordionists from Germany, Finland, Poland, China, Japan, Norway, Spain, Russia, USA, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Belarus, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Italy and other countries.

November 17-23

Euro exhibition; the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vilnius (Katedros sq.3)

Euro Exhibition organized in the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania invites both adults and children to learn more about Lithuania’s new currency – the euro. Visitors of the exhibition will gain more knowledge about the history of the euro, banknote design, production, protective measures, and destruction of worn-out money and learn to distinguish a real banknote from a fake one.

November 21, 7pm:

Evening of French Music; Vilnius Congress Hall;

The soloist of this evening Sergey Malov is a performer said to have no boundaries. Sergey is a viola graduate of the famous Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, and a violin graduate of High Music School of Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Sergey is a winner of many international violinist and violist competitions. The young artist also plays another one stringed instrument – cello da spalla. During the studies this universal artist became a dedicated chamber musician. He has been invited to play concertos on both violin and viola with the most prominent orchestras of many European and Asian countries.

Conductor and composer Fabrice Gregorutti will represent the French music opuses of different periods and styles. In 2011 he founded the Olivier Messiaen Chamber Choir of La Trinité. The contemporary music takes an important place in his repertoire. His last recording of P. Wissmer‘s oratorio Le Quatrième Mage for choir and orchestra with chamber choir of O. Messiaen was highly praised by critics.

November 23, 4 pm:

Concord of Epochs, Trakai Island Castle

Čiurlionis Quartet, a recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize, has been active for more than forty-five years. Constantly looking for fresh ideas the Quartet often teams-up with young performers, takes part in diverse music projects. This time the Quartet appears with talented young performers Antanas Taločka (clarinet) and Laurynas Lapė (trumpet).

Antanas Taločka is the principal clarinet of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys playing both solo and chamber repertoire, takes part in festivals in Lithuania and abroad. The clarinettist is a winner of international competitions in Lithuania, Czech Republic and Italy. He has collaborated with renowned Lithuanian and international performers.

Upon graduating from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Laurynas Lapė earned the Master Degree from the Academy of Music in Malmo (Sweden), was a member of the Malmo Opera Theatre Orchestra, Aero Brass ensemble, as well as Helsingborg and Malmo symphony orchestras. Currently, he is a member of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra as well as Vilnius Brass quintet, Protoberus Brass and Gaida contemporary music ensemble. Not long ago he played in InCulto with which he appeared in Eurovision contest.

Next to Schumann’s Quartet the musicians present Gumboot Dancing for clarinet and string quartet by D. Bruce, a contemporary American composer. This composition tells about a hundred-year tradition, which was started by the toiling miners in Johannesburg, South Africa. The miners wore gumboots, allowing stomping various rhythms which served as an instrument for communication. Later on, the dances in which the dancers stomp gumboots and create various rhythms, improvise, sing and clap became very popular. Gumboot Dancing is based on similar rhythms. The programme will offer some more 20th century compositions.

November 23, noon:

Symphonic dances II (music for children), Lithuania’s National Philharmonic;

Works by Sergei Prokofiev, Aaron Copland, Gerónimo Giménez, Edvard Grieg, Antonín Dvořák, Eduardas Balsys, Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninov, Oskar Böhme;

The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and young conductor Modestas Barkauskas invite to relish dance music. We have heard the themes of these little masterpieces many times and know them by heart! The concert programme presents widely divergent works: Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, the cheerful American dance Hoe-down from Copland’s ballet Rodeo, Giménez’s fiery Spanish Intermedio, excerpts from Grieg’s Norwegian Dances and Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, Ravel’s lucidly doleful Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess), Saint-Saëns’ zestful Bacchanale from the opera Samson et Delilah (Samson and Delilah) and that is not everything…


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