Festival “Midsummer Vilnius” invites to enjoy music and theater in the historical heart of Lithuania.
Every summer Vilnius, capital city of Lithuania, attracts dozens of tourists from all over the world. In the summer of 2016 this charming city, also known as the Little Rome for its fabled Old Town with extensive maze of antique buildings, is even more worth the visit. For the first time the festival “Midsummer Vilnius” will take place in the historical center of the city, Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. Starting on 12th of July, festival will continue for a few weeks and offer unique opportunity to see the world-known artists and brightest Lithuania’s talents on stage.
Festival will start with the concert of British singer Joss Stone, famous for her powerful voice, passion and impressive career in music. Being only seventeen-years-old Stone was named the best British female singer in Brit Awards, her collection contains prestigious Grammy and many other awards and her albums reach the tops of best-selling albums in the US. “Midsummer Vilnius“ festival will be the part of Stone’s ambitious “Total World Tour”.
Those interested in Lithuania’s popular or classical music scene won’t be disappointed as well. Two famous Lithuania’s pop singers – Alina Orlova and Juste Arlauskaite – Jazzu – are preparing exceptional performances for the festival. Alina Orlova is known for her unique voice not only locally but also for the audience of such international festivals like “Eurosonic” or “The Great Escape” or major music halls in France or Russia. Music critic Tyler, writing for “Billboard”, “Mojo” and other influential music magazines, named her last album the best album of the year. Juste Arlauskaitė – Jazzu is one of the most loved Lithuania’s pop stars and tickets to her performances are sold out weeks before the events. For the festival “Midsummer Vilnius” she is preparing the concert together with Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Modestas Pitrenas, one of the most accomplished and well-known Lithuanian conductors.
Latvian cello trio Mello-M is also in between popular and classical music. Trio, playing well-known music varying from classical pieces to the rock or pop hits, improved their abilities with the help of such cello legends as Mstislav Rostropovich, Misha Maisky, Frans Helmerson. This summer they agreed to show their unique ability to mix different music styles and genresat the “Midsummer Vilnius” festival.
Lovers of the classical music will definitely enjoy the performance of Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis. London Royal Academy of Music graduate and laureate of numerous competitions is admired not only in Lithuania, but has already managed to go on tour in Asia and America. During the festival Martynas will play special Astor Piazolla program, which is believed to be one of his best musical numbers. Also, visitors of the festival will hear the most beautiful opera arias, performed by one of the most popular opera singers in the country Merunas Vitulskis and Lilija Gubaidulina. Furthermore, rarely seen together on stage musicians Lukas and Petras Geniusai are preparing duo performance for the festival. National Culture and Arts Prize laureate Petras Geniusas is internationally acclaimed pianist, skilfully managing classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire. His son Lukas can be proud of the impressive pianist career as well since he has shared the stage with the brightest musicians of the world: cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, violinist Yehudi Menuchin, jazz legend Vladimir Chekasin, Vladimir Tarasov and many others.
For the theatre lovers Lithuanian National Drama Theatre together with OKT / Vilnius City Theatre will perform one of the most popular performances in 2015. “Wonderful and Sorrowful Story of Romeo and Juliet” performance has the history of thirteen years and still every time gathers full halls. With this performance the troupe of Oskaras Korsunovas travelled all over the world and won many awards, such as Gold Cross of the Stage in Lithuania, Belgrade International Theatre Festival (BITEF) prize. In 2003, this performance opened the prestigious Avignon theatre festival – it was the only time when the performance was shown in the open air.
“Midsummer Vilnius” is the city festival for those who are looking for a cultural entertainment in the heat of summer sunshine. Tickets for all events can be purchased at here.