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BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during October 24 and October 30.

October 24-30:

Exhibition «In the Light of Contemporary Danish Painting» (Paroda «Šiuolaikinės danų tapybos šviesoje»); Gallery «Grafo» (www.grafogalerija.lt/en), Trakų St. 14, Vilnius;

For the first time, Lithuania’s art lovers will be presented exhibition «In the Light of Contemporary Danish Painting» by three distinguished Danish artists, Carsten Frank, Christina Blaabjerg, Bentemarie Kjeldbæk. One will be able to have a glimpse at the contemporary Danish art, which, art pundits say, is rarely analysed in Lithuania.

October 24-30:

Exhibition «Solitaire of Priorities» (Paroda «Prioritetų pasjansas»); historic Lithuanian Presidential Palace, Vilniaus St. 33, Kaunas;

The exhibition showcasing dozens of historic relics from the early 1910 brings back the visitor in time to the dawn of proclamation of Lithuania’s independence;

October 24-30:

4th International M. K. Čiurlionis Music Festival (Tarptautinis Mikalojaus Konstantino Čiurliono muzikos festivalis), various Vilnius venues (www.ciurlionisfestival.wordpress.com);

The 4th International M. K. Čiurlionis Music Festival continues to present world renowned performers from France, Germany, and Israel, the USA as well as the most celebrated Lithuanian musicians. The concert venues include the Palace of Grand Dukes, the newly opened Vaidila Theatre hall, Piano LT and LMTA halls, and the Museum of Applied Arts.

October 25, 7 pm:

Fortepiano Concert by Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Fortepijono koncertas); Lithuanian National Philharmonic (www.filharmonija.lt/en/whats-on/events.html), Aušros Vartų St. 5, Vilnius;

A legendary fortepiano maestro Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who knew the majority of legendary XX century creators in person, will play for the first time in Vilnius, delivering a concert at National Philharmonic.

October 26, 7 pm:

«24-4-1» Baltic Guitar Quartert (Baltijos gitaros kvartetas); Vaidila Theater (www.jaksto9.lt), A. Jakšto St. 9, Vilnius;

The ensemble, which comprises three Lithuanians and a Belgian, was established in 2004 by Zigmas Čepulėnas, Sergejus Krinicinas and Saulius S. Lipčius who later invited Chris Ruebens to join them in what is now considered one of the leading guitar ensembles in the Baltic region. The Baltic Guitar Quartet played in over twenty countries, including major venues, such as Berliner Philharmonic. All the four members of the quartet are established solo performers. Each of them has won a number of prizes in international festivals and competitions. According to critics, the ensemble stands out for its interpretational sensibility and subtle colourfulness of performance while avoiding pretentiousness.

October 27, 6.30 pm:

Concert «Autumn Poetry and Jazz» (Koncertas «Rudens Poezija ir Džiazas»); Klaipėda Koncertų Salė (Klaipėda Concert Hall, www.koncertusale.lt/en), Šiaulių St. 36, Klaipėda;

Programme: Camille Saint-Saëns, Jean Françaix, Joseph Horowitz, George Gershwin, Alexander Rosenblatt, Anatolijus Šenderovas

Clarinettist Rimvydas Savickas and pianist Milana Dunauskaitė grew up in the environs of Klaipėd. Although an ensemble of such composition is said to be not very popular these days, the duo has built a rather extensive repertoire of chamber works for the clarinet and piano consisting mostly of the 19th and 20th century pieces. Having made their debut at the Klaipėda Concert Hall last year, the duo returns with the colourful programme of music by Lithuanian, French, British, American and Russian composers.

October 28, 10 pm:

Erica Jennings Concert (Erikos Dženings koncertas); Music Club «Tamsta» (www.tamstaclub.lt/en), A. Strazdelio St. 1, Vilnius;

For the first time Erica Jennings, goes on tour as a solo artist. And although she began to sing on the Lithuanian stage as a seventeen-year-old, this album presentation tour of the redhead is a unique opportunity to take a close look at Eric Jennings as a creator. Though she is Irish, Erica is one of the best singers in Lithuania known by both young and older people. In more than 18 years, her voice was heard almost everywhere in Lithuania where music was played. She lives by music and this is the only activity from the beginning of the career.

October 29, noon:

Performance for the littlest «Child of Oak» (Spektaklis vaikams «Ąžuolo vaikas»); Kauno Valstybinis Lėlių Teatras (Kaunas State Puppet Theatre). Laisvės Ave. 87A, Kaunas;

The parents of the little spectators will be able to scroll down their Facebook posts while their offspring shall be mesmerised by a bunch of young talented actors and actresses telling a story of the oak;

October 29, 7 pm:

Monika Lingytė Concert; Klaipėda Koncertų Salė (Klaipėda Concert Hall, www.koncertusale.lt/en), Šiauliu St. 36, Klaipėda;

One of the brightest Lithuanian contemporary performers, Monika Lingytė, shall throw out a fascinating programme enriched with special interludes for Klaipedians;

October 29, 8 pm:

Concert by Maltese Band «Ranch» (Maltos grupės «Ranch» koncertas); music club «Orixo», Jonavos St. 40, Kaunas;

In 2014, Banjo Rancho, Dean Montanaro & Kyle Drakard embarked on a full-powered musical journey that has become known as The Ranch. Their dedication has led them to spend their days experimenting, improvising and finding new grooves that not only challenge us as an audience, but that also challenges themselves.  Their sound is distinct, intelligently weaving powerful grooves with playful improvisation that creates sounds that flirt with imagination. The band will hold two concerts in Vilnius before heading to Kaunas and then Klaipėda;

October 30, 4 pm:

Concert dedicated for All Saints Day (Visų Šventųjų diena); Museum of Applied Art (www.ldm.lt/en/tdm), Didžioji St. 4, Vilnius;

Performers include Vilniaus Arsenalas Ensemble, Laima Šulskutė (flute), Rolandas Romoslauskas (viola), Sergejus Okruško (harpsichord), soloist Julija Stupnianek (soprano);

Established in 1986, Vilniaus Arsenalas Ensemble celebrates its 30th creative anniversary this year. It has given over 1000 concerts in Lithuania, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland, Latvia and Estonia. Vilniaus Arsenalas’ repertoire spans from early baroque to contemporary opuses. The latter opus features soloist Julija Stupnianek who will also perform works by Bach, Mozart and Cimarosa.

October 30, 7 pm:

Merūnas Concert (Merūno koncertas); «Žalgiris» Arena (www.zalgiris.lt/en), Karaliaus Mindaugo Ave. 50, Kaunas;

One of the most talented and idolised Lithuanian singers, tenor Merūnas, will descend onto the 15,000- spectator «Žalgiris» arena to charm all with his exquisite voice;

October 30, 7 pm:

Charitable Gala Concert to mark the 25th anniversary of Lithuania’s initiation to UNESCO (Labdaringas Gala Koncertas pažymėti Lietuvos įstojimo į UNESCO dvidešimt penkmetį); Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall (www.filharmonija.lt/en/whats-on/events.html), Aušros Vartų St. 5, Vilnius;

Performers include Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Violeta Urmana (soprano), Alfredo Nigro (tenor), conductor Modestas Pitrėnas, who shall perform works by Andrea Cilea, Umberto Giordano, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Giacomo Puccini, Camil Saint-Saëns, Hector Berlioz and Richard Wagner

The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra is one of Lithuania’s leading collectives, under the baton of its artistic director Modestas Pitrėnas. Violeta Urmana is Lithuania’s foremost opera prima donna, UNESCO artist for peace, recipient of the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize, an Honorary Doctor of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for singers, and Franco Abbiati Prize from Italy’s National Association of Music Critics.
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