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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Classic Music Festival in Northern Lithuania

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BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during November 28- December 4.

November 28, 6 pm:

Competition «Kaunas Talent 2016» (Kauno talentų konkursas); «Žalgiris» Arena (www.zalgirioarena.lt/en), Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50, Kaunas;

Already for the 16th year the competition has invited singers from Lithuania and all over to show their mastery and compete for valuable prises;

November 28-29:

Christmas Market (Kalėdų mugė); Cathedral Square (Katedros aikštė), Gedimino 1, Vilnius;

Christmas Town is the bustling Christmas Market on Cathedral Square, and is sure to get one into the festive spirit. With over 50 market stalls decorated as cosy wooden houses, the organisers are certain that one will be able to find a special Christmas gift here for the loved ones.

November 30, 7 pm:

Piano Recital (Pianino rečitalis) by Martyna Jatkauskaitė; Vaidila Theather (Vaidila teatras), A. Jakšto g. 9, Vilnius;

In the eyes of many critics, Martyna is one of eye-catching Lithuanian-born pianists of the younger generation. The overall winner of the Tunbridge Wells Young Concert Artists Competition in 2006, she went on to win four more international contests and has been acclaimed for her technical and interpretational skills. She has performed in many European countries and Japan playing recitals and together with other musicians. As a solo pianist, she is interested in the music representing very different epochs and styles.

November 30, 7 pm:

Performance «Toska» (Spektaklis «Toska»); Congress Hall (Kongresų rūmai) (www.lvso.lt/en), Vilniaus g. 6/16, Vilnius;

The performance of the director Dalia Ibelhauptaitė shall take the audience to the decadence Italy of the Second World War where aggressors steal art creations and destroy everybody who does not approve their thinking by quick-witted manipulations. More information: www.bohemieciai.lt

December 1-4:

Classic Music Festival in Northern Lithuania (Klasikinės muzikos festivalis Šiaurės Lietuvoje); Centre of Culture (Kultūros centras), Respublikos g. 96, Rokiškis;

The event, consisting of six concerts, shall bring a dozen of talented and aspiring performers of classic music from Lithuania and abroad. Some of them have already been recognised as others are on the way to fame. The event is one of the most memorable cultural events in northern Lithuania;

December 1, 6. 30 pm:

Operetta «The Merry Widow» («Linksmoji Našlė»); Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Lietuvos nacionalinis operos ir baleto teatras) (www.opera.lt), A. Vienuolio g. 1, Vilnius;

Operetta in three acts, performed in Lithuanian; Libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein after Henri Meilhac

Music Director and Conductor Julius Geniušas; Director and Choreographer Monika Wiesler (Austria)

Designer Eldor Renter (Estonia); Chief Chorus Master Česlovas Radžiūnas

What this operetta is about? «When lips turn silent, violins utter: do love me…», sing the characters of «The Merry Widow». This catchy violin tune will guide the spectators through all the amorous perplexities and adventures of this operetta.

December 2, 5 pm:

Hard rock Festival «Vilkų žiema» (Sunkiosios muzikos festivalis), night club «Pelėda» (naktinis klubas) (www.facebook.com/PeledaVilnius), V. Mykolaičio-Putino g. 5, Vilnius;

If you are into a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums being accompanied with pianos and keyboards, then the event will keep you off your feet;

December 2, 6 pm:

Folklore Dance Concert «Gyvenimas Paskirtas Šokiui » (Tautinių šokių vakaras «Life dedicated to Dance»); Vytauto g. 79, Kaunas;

The concert, with the participation of Kaunas’ best dance troupes, is dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the city’s prominent choreographer and pedagogue Kazimieras Kondratavičius; admission is free;

December 3, 6 pm:

Spatial Opera in Darkness «Confessions» (Erdvinė opera tamsoje «Išpažintys»); «Post» Gallery («Post» galerija), Laivės al. 51a, Kaunas;

The creators – Spatial Opera Company, Swedish composer Jens Hedman, Lithuanian composer Rūta Vitkauskaitė and soprano singer Åsa Nordgren,  led by the producer Operomanija,  are intending to thrill the opera attendees, all of whom  will have to wear eye-blinders and masks. The opera has claimed several international recognitions already.

December 3, 6 pm:

Christmas Tree Lighting in Klaipėda (Kalėdinės eglės įžiebimo šventė); Teatro aikštė 1, Klaipėda;

The celebration shall start off with great miracles. This year’s Christmas event – the project of French artist Jacques Rival «I love Klaipeda» – will be presented to the guests. The author of the project is the world-famous artist, the creator of original light installations in public urban spaces Jacques Rival, who has presented his projects in Israel, in the Netherlands, in the Great Britain and France.

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