Concert for the loving hearts on the threshold of summer – in May and June

Klaipeda Concert Hall will offer ten events to round off 2015/2016 concert season. 

On 12th May, Klaipeda concert hall offers family Concert  “The Orchestra of Playful Music”. Episode 19: Puppets Tell Their Story”.

We all know what the Lithuanian folk tale “The Cat and the Rooster” is about. It teaches us not to be too credulous, not to succumb to flattery and guile, but to value friendship and, in doing so, to use our imagination and wits. How did the cat manage to free the rooster from fox’s house? He starts to play the violin and wheedles the fox out! Thus the music helps rescue the rooster!
This amusing musical tale will be told by the members of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra who will not only habitually play their instruments, but also impersonate various characters and operate puppets. The latter were made by Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė, puppet theatre the director and designer. Music was composed by Teisutis Makačinas. Episode nineteen in “The Orchestra of Playful Music” series promises a very entertaining and elucidating spectacle.


On 20th May you`ll have the chance to hear “Golden Spree of Pipes”.

A professional concert band from Klaipėda, formerly known as the Bangpūtys Wind Orchestra and now affiliated with the Military Naval Force of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. For more than four decades the band has operated under the artistic direction of bandmaster Pranciškus Memėnas. Artistic discipline and exhilarating performance have unchangeably served as the band’s calling card. Its repertoire now embraces music from various epochs and genres – from classical to contemporary and jazz.
For more of that come to the concert “Golden Spree of Pipes” and see for yourselves. The five soloists appearing with the band include the current mayor of the Klaipėda City and former solo trumpeter with the band, Vytautas Grubliauskas. A golden jubilee programme guaranteed to brighten your day!


Later on 25th May “Sound Paths” will fill the concert hall.

The Klaipėda Concert Hall has always promoted young talent, providing a jumping-off point for many gifted musicians at the dawn of their professional careers. This time the opportunity to prepare an evening-length programme with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra was granted to the students of postgraduate conducting course at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre – Zofija Gruz from Poland and Vytautas Kiminius from Klaipėda. The latter was educated as birbynė player at the Stasys Šimkus Conservatory where his fellow student was trumpeter Sigitas Petrulis who is to appear as soloist at this concert. The roster of young artists continues with clarinettist Rimvydas Savickas, who also comes from Klaipėda, flautist Vytautas Sriubikis and oboist Ugnius Dičiūnas. The crew of six will travel along the “Sound Paths” with the Orchestra, which happen to be full of abrupt turns, sudden jolts and unexpected maneuvers. Young musicians will demonstrate their excellent mastery and inspiring musicianship in a competition for public’s favour.


On 27th May you`ll hear “Speak to Me of Love”.

May is the most prosperous month of spring. Nature is fully awakened from the quiescence of winter and every living creature is reinvigorated to celebrate summer.
“Speak to Me of Love” is a programme of vocal miniatures and operatic arias devised by three musicians from Kaunas – mezzo-soprano Rita Preikšaitė, tenor Mindaugas Jankauskas and pianist Gražina Zalatorienė – whose names are well-known to music lovers throughout the country. According to the performers, the selection of pieces encompasses the whole range of emotions and scenarios associated with the experience of human love: from the bashful confession of love to the sorrow of separation from the beloved, and from the pangs of unrequited love to the bliss of being together. We are very much looking forward to meeting them at the Klaipėda Concert Hall!


Finally on 31st May Latvians will visit Klaipeda Concert Hall with “Singing Percussion”.

Guntars Freibergs is a young marimba virtuoso from Latvia, whose mastery has been acknowledged with several top prizes at international competitions. In the programme “Singing Percussion” he will appear with the Giunter Percussion group under the artistic leadership of Pavel Giunter and the Klaipėda Choir Aukuras conducted by its artistic director Alfonsas Vildžiūnas. This programme will surely captivate the audience by offering unusual combinations of vocal and percussive sounds. Another point of attraction is the sound of the new marimba that has been recently acquired by the Klaipėda Concert Hall. The pitch range of this instrument is no less than five octaves.
Playing on percussion instruments and singing are among the most ancient musical activities in the history of humankind. But the combination of those two traditions on a concert stage is quite a rare instance that should not be missed.

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